The NPF board, which met on May 5, has not signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 more than a week after Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued a memorandum ordering the appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte to “use the NPF property as a site for vaccination center and/or quarantine facility, including the issuance of a resolution for such purpose and the execution of the corresponding agreement, in a manner that conforms with existing laws, rules, and regulations.”
“In the meantime, the country’s mass inoculation program that will save lives faces delays with the absence of a mass and efficient inoculation program along with the hope of achieving herd immunity by the end of the year,” ICTSI Foundation said in a statement.
Razon’s ICTSI Foundation, which is bringing in seven million doses of Moderna vaccines, had proposed the 12,000-a-day mega vaccine facilitys early as March this year and this was fully supported by Malacañang, the Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force, the Philippine Department of Health, the Philippine Department of Tourism, and the City Government of Paranaque.
ICTSI Foundation also bankrolled the mega quarantine center being managed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines located inside the NPF site.
But NPF has put up a barricade against the project because it wanted to pursue the creation of a “cultural park” project in the area and protect what it claimed was a thriving “urban forest.”
ICTSI Foundation said that contrary to NPI’s claims, the property was “deserted, uninhabited and vacant area and not an urban forest as erroneously claimed.”
“It must be remembered that the entire Entertainment City sits on reclaimed land and unused portions of it, along with the Nayong Pilipino property, have limited vegetation including non-endemic trees,” said ICTSI Foundation.
“The facility is designed by Architect Jun Palafox, a renowned environmental planner, who is giving his services free of charge. It must be put in context that one of the advocacies of the ICTSI Foundation is sustainable environmental protection,” it added.