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COVID-19 vaccination rate here almost 80%

For two months now, the Tribune has been unable to continue the series of articles based on the Annual Audit Reports of the Commission on Audit (COA) on the transactions of the 11 municipal governments and the provincial government of Catanduanes.

The last article was the Bato LGU audit report which came out on Jan. 26, 2022.

Previously, the lack of space prevented the continuance of the series.

We hope to resume the series by next issue, March 9, starting with San Miguel LGU, to be followed by San Andres on March 16, Viga on March 23 and Virac on March 30.

The report on the transactions of the provincial government Fromwill most likely be published on April 6, or 12 days after the start of the campaign period.

The reports should prove to be enlightening to many readers who are curious about how incumbent officials managed, or mismanaged, the local government especially in the light of their bid for reelection.

It is unfortunate, therefore, that the audit report on 2021 transactions of the LGUs here would only come out sometime in July.


There were only four new COVID-19 cases in Catanduanes last week from Feb. 19 to 25.

Compared to 21 recorded during the previous week, this represents a reduction of almost 81 percent.

Virac and Pandan had one each, including an 11-month-old boy from Pandan, while Gigmoto had two.

There were no new deaths, with the toll still at 130, according to the PHO tracker as of Feb. 26.

As a result, the number of active cases has gone down to just 12, five of them from Virac, three from Pandan and one each from Caramoran, Viga, Gigmoto and Bato.

The same tracker showed the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases at 3,177, which is 14 less than the 3,191 reflected in the COVID-19 dashboard of the DOH regional office.

Aside from this piece of good news, the vaccination level in the Happy Island has inched up to 79.39%, or 175,957 out of the target population of 221,626, as of Feb. 27.

Catanduanes has been leading the other five Bicol provinces in this regard, with Albay at 74.18% and Sorsogon at 72.68%.

The accomplishment per priority population is as follows: senior citizens, 97.57% of the target population of 23,456; with comorbidities, 126.2% of 1,686; 12-17-year-olds, 89,15% of 35,277; and, 5-11-year-olds, 3.86% of 44,225.

Among the 11 towns, Panganiban leads with 93.98% of its target population already fully vaccinated while Caramoran brings up the rear with just 71.29%.

Here’s the figures for the other nine towns: Baras, 86%; Gigmoto, 84.37%; Viga, 81.03%; Bato, 80.46%; Bagamanoc, 80.45%; Virac, 79.61%; San Miguel, 79.46%; Pandan, 79.17%; and, San Andres, 76.53%

After the recent launching of the Resbakuna Kids, the lack of vaccine supplies from Manila has reportedly stalled the effort of the DOH to increase the region’s vaccination rate.

The province’s accomplishment in the vaccination campaign led the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to approve a resolution commending DOH provincial officer Dr. Robert John Aquino for his “remarkable contribution” to the province’s achieving 88% utilization rate.


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THE FLOWERS. A fellow was very much in love with a beautiful girl.

One day she told him that the next day was her birthday.

He told her he would send her a bouquet of roses… one for each year of her life.

That evening he called the local florist and ordered twenty-one roses with instructions that they be delivered first thing the next morning.

As the florist was preparing the order, he decided that since the young man was such a good customer, he would put an extra dozen roses in the bouquet.

The fellow never did find out what made the young girl so angry with him.

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