Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) First Vice President and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Al Panlilio has humbly accepted the task assigned to him by POC President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino to lead the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for national athletes ahead of the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The budget for the purchase comes from a $40,000 subsidy from the Olympic Council of Asia, which the POC will look to procure as a private entity.
“First of all, I’d like to express my gratitude, on behalf of all national athletes, to the Olympic Solidarity and Association of National Olympic Committees through the Olympic Council of Asia for their generosity and POC President Bambol Tolentino entrusting me to be the Chairman fo the POC’s Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccine Procurement,” said Panlilio.
“The POC understands how important it is to inoculate our national athletes not just for their physical well-being but psychologically as well. Getting this done at the soonest possible time will allow them to solely focus on their preparations.”
With the Tokyo Olympic bound athletes already awaiting their inoculation as promised by business tycoon Enrique Razon for late May or early June, the POC now sets it sights on the athletes who will be representing the Philippines in the SEA Games.
“I’ve already assembled a group to help me with this task in Dr. George Canlas, Atty. Billy Sumagui, Bones Floro, and Dinah Remolacio of the POC and we’ll also be working with Os Dela Paz, the Chief Procurement Officer of PLDT,” added Panlilio.
“So to our athletes, we hope you’re safe and healthy wherever you are right now. The vaccines will be on the way soon.”