Malacanang has ordered the board of Nayong Pilipino Foundation to back off and allow the Department of Health and National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) to build a mega vaccination facility on its sprawling lot in Paranaque City.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued the order on 4 May 2021 after NPF board of trustees led by executive director Lucille Karen E. Malilong- Isberto and director Cesar DG Aljama put up a roadblock to the project because it would derail their plans to build a cultural park on the property.
“Should the NPF have any existing plans on the same property, it shall defer the implementation thereof to give way to the more urgent purpose of meeting the public health emergency,” said Medialdea in a May 4 memorandum obtained by Bilyonaryo.
The Malacanang memo instructed NPF to “undertake any and all acts necessary” to allow the DOH or the NTF to use the property as a vaccination center and quarantine facility.
Bilyonaryo Ricky Razon has offered to bankroll the construction of a 12,000-a-day, temporary vaccination facility to fasttrack the government’s goal of inoculating up to 70 percent of the population to achieve herd immunity and revive the economy.
But Malilong- Isberto and Aljama have defied top government officials by insisting that its cultural park project on its nine-hectare property was also important because it would be a legacy project of President Duterte. The NPF claimed that the government could be done in other venues such as existing parking garages, stadiums and theaters.