DAVAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 9 (PIA) - Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Ramon L. Cualoping III has called on the government information officers as well as the private media to help encourage people to get vaccinated.
During the roll out of the Bakunation campaign in Davao del Norte last February 4, 2021, Cualoping III laid out three communication objectives in order to convince the people to get inoculated.
"First, we would just like to reassure the people that there are safe and effective vaccines coming in the Philippines," he said.
Second, Cualoping III stressed the importance of fighting fake news.
"To the information officers here, as well as the friends from the media, we will need everyone's help to fight fake news, to dismiss disinformation," he said.
Particularly, he referred to the disinformation regarding the safety, the brands, and the price of the vaccines to be used by the Philippines.
On the safety of the vaccines, he explained that at this point, no deaths can still be attributed to the vaccines as "it's too early".
On the issue of brands, he said that the government is not relying on China alone for the vaccine supply, that different countries are tapped for the supply of the vaccines.
As well, dismissing the rumors on price, he said, "there's no truth that the price of per dose procuring from a certain brand is 1000 times higher...no country in the world has revealed the price they bought at."
Continuing on the communication objectives, Cualoping III said, "third, the most important, increase the willingness of people to be vaccinated."
He cited the decreasing level of the Filipinos' vaccination acceptance as alarming, since the country needs at least 70% of the Filipinos to be vaccinated in order for the country to go back to the "old normal pre-COVID".
According to his data, last September, 66% of Filipinos were willing to be vaccinated. In November, it lowered to 47%. And in December, only 25% of the Filipinos have shown the willingness to be inoculated.
With this, he said that the government is rolling out a "massive" information and education campaign urging people to be vaccinated. (Jan Vincent Leuterio/PIA-XI)