SAN FERNANDO CITY – More than 440 Department of Education (DepEd) teaching and non-teaching personnel from the Regional Office I (ROI), Schools Division of  San Fernando City (SDOSFC) and La Union (SDOLU), were vaccinated for their first dose on August 13 and 14, respectively.

The said vaccination was facilitated by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Eduardo Posadas and Dr. Dan Dacanay, focal person on vaccination, of the La Union Health Office.

Also, 24 health personnel from the SDOLU and 16 health and teaching personnel from the SDOSFC assisted during the said vaccination.

“Protecting our personnel through vaccination is paramount in ensuring the learning continuity of Batang San Fernando,” Dr. Michael Bangloy, medical officer IV of SDOSFC, said.

He added, “the activity is a perfect example of whole-of-government approach in mitigating this health pandemic.”

As of August 16, out of the 51,058 personnel in the region who are eligible for vaccination, 22.2 percent or 11,360 have already received their first dose, while nearly 15 percent or 7,466 have completed their vaccination against Covid-19.

In the regional office, 95 percent or 144 out of the 152 employees have been vaccinated, 45 percent or 68 of them have completed the required two doses.

More than 54 percent of the eligible personnel in the region have registered for vaccination and are awaiting their schedule of vaccination under the A4 priority category.

Medical Officer IV Romarie Joy Castillo, from DepEd RO 1, encouraged DepEd personnel to register and update their vaccination status in the DepEd Mobile App for easy tracking. 


Meanwhile, the RO will recognize the schools and SDOs which have ensured the full vaccination of their personnel for their protection, their families and learners later.

The awards include Malasakit (Solicitude) Award for schools and SDOs with 100 percent personnel vaccinated with first dose; Ligtas (Protected) Award for 100 percent fully-vaccinated personnel; and lastly, Vaccunado (Vaccinated) Award for an SDO with with the highest percentage of 100% fully vaccinated personnel.

Another schedule of vaccination is expected for the other DepEd personnel in the province.


By Joan Diaz Sabado, Public Affairs Unit