The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Quezon City government started vaccinating education frontliners against COVID-19 to protect them as they deliver essential services to the clientele and stakeholders.
The vaccination is part of the continuing celebration of Higher Education Day and the yearlong celebration of CHED’s 27th foundation day.
The Quezon City local government unit (LGU) vaccinated 300 employees from the central office at the CHED Auditorium on Thursday, June 3.
The vaccinated education frontliners include eligible A2 category or senior citizens aged 60 years old, A3 employees with comorbidities and and A4 frontline education personnel handling transactions with students and the general public.
“The Commission commends Mayor Joy Belmonte for recognizing the critical role played by our frontline workers here in CHED, especially with the ongoing health crisis, and its effort to bring the vaccination in our Central Office to ensure a systematic vaccine roll out,” said CHED Chairman Popoy De Vera.
“As a registered Health Care Professional and a Commissioner of CHED, I am extending my sincere gratitude to the Local Government of Quezon City for considering the CHED frontliners in this vaccination program entitled: “Protektado sa Bakunang Sigurado,” said CHED Commissioner Aldrin A. Darilag.
Darilag volunteered as one of the vaccinators to impart a message that this COVID-19 pandemic can be surpassed through bayanihan, cooperation, and adherence to strict health protocol.
The facilities of the CHED Central Office observe very strict protocols and its frontline workers are regularly tested. There has been no outbreak of COVID-19 in CHED since March 2020.
“Thankful ako na dito sa CHED mismo ginawa ang vaccination. Naramdaman kong pinapahalagahan ng Komisyon yung security, safety at welfare nating mga CHEDans. Hindi na natin kailangang lumayo at pumili nang mahaba para matamo natin yung proteksyon through this vaccinaton,” said Sheila Jalbuena, Supervising Education Program Specialist of the Office of Programs and Standards Development.
“Hindi mahirap pumila, hindi mainit, at least dito sa CHED, kampante tayo at safe,” said Susan Tibigar, Administrative Assistant 3 of the Administrative, Financial and Management Service (AFMS).
“CHED is one with the whole nation in fighting COVID-19. Ang vaccination po, you’re not doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for your family, for your grandchildren and the people around you,” De Vera said.
J. PROSPERO E. DE VERA III, DPA
Commission on Higher Education