The Iloilo provincial government is giving incentives to barangay volunteers involved in the measles-rubella and oral poliovirus vaccine supplemental immunization activity (MR-OPV SIA) this month of May.
A mobilization fund worth P8 million was allotted for volunteer workers to boost the province’s vaccination coverage.
It will be given to Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Child Development Workers or Barangay Service Point Officers who acted as social mobilizers, guides, and recorders or conducted social preparation and advocacy activities.
The volunteer workers will receive P50 for every child they mobilized for vaccination. A List of Children Vaccinated uploaded to the Synchronized Electronic Immunization Registry will serve as the basis for the payroll.
The workers must also be included in the List of Qualified Barangay Volunteers as verified by the midwife/nurse-in-charge and concurred by the municipal health officer for them to avail of the incentives.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon said the provincial government wants to compensate the efforts of the volunteer workers in accelerating its vaccination coverage.
The province of Iloilo targets to immunize 161,566 children aged 9 to 59 months of measles-rubella.
As of May 18, 2023, it has vaccinated 98,792 children or 61.15 percent of the target eligible population:
It ranked third among the provinces in Western Visayas in terms of percent coverage. Negros Occidental is the top-performing province with 72.73 percent accomplishment followed by Guimaras with 62.93 percent.
The supplemental immunization activity is a nationwide campaign from May 1 to 31 to eliminate measles in the country.