ILOILO CITY — Mayor Jerry Treñas here is eyeing to make vaccination against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mandatory for workers in this city, the regional capital of Western Visayas.

Mayor Jerry Treñas (standing in white polo shirt) of Iloilo City observes a recent simulation exercise as the local government prepares for its COVID-19 vaccination program.  (Arnold Almacen/CMO)

Treñas revealed over the weekend that he  plans to issue an executive order (EO) for the “no vaccination, no work” policy.

This came after a survey showed that 71 percent of respondents refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine

based on the Vaccine Consent Form distributed in the 180 barangays (villages) here.

The Iloilo City government found out that only 29 percent of the respondents are willing to get vaccinated.

The low numbers prompted the city mayor to issue a statement of making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory.

“The vaccines that were ordered will be useless if vaccination is not a requirement,” added Treñas.

The city government has signed a multi-lateral agreement to acquire vaccines from British pharmaceutical firm AztraZeneca.

The  city government allocated funding to procure 600,000 doses of AztraZeneca AZD1222 vaccines.  It is good for 300,000 residents as COVID-19 vaccines are given in two doses.

While the Iloilo City Legal Office will study the mayor’s proposal, some city residents have decried it as discriminatory and illegal.

Source: Manila Bulletin (