In a bid to mitigate vaccine hesitancy, Las Piñas residents may win a P1.5-million house and lot in a raffle facilitated by Rep. Camille Villar if they get the Covid19 shot. There will also be monthly draws for motorcycles and grocery packages.
Starting this month and each month thereafter, 10 city residents who have received the jab may be able to bring home groceries worth P5,000. At the end of the year, a lucky resident will win a Bria Homes house and lot, with two motorcycles as consolation prizes.
Villar clarified that no government money was used to fund the prizes and that she would use her own personal resources. Bria Homes is a subsidiary of Golden Bria Holdings, Inc., chaired by her father, ex-senator Manny Villar.
Las Piñas is among the cities offering incentives for vaccine-hesitant residents. Other local governments have incentivized rice, vegetables and even cows to motivate citizens. So far, Las Piñas offers the biggest prize.
However, some senators still preferred “modest incentives” like grocery baskets.
“The focus should still be in raising awareness, health education, and aggressive information dissemination regarding the safety of vaccines,” said Sen. Francis Pangilinan.
Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said: “The best reward or prize for getting a vaccine is protection. That should be the message to motivate people to get vaccinated.”
Vaccine hesitancy, which could compromise the government’s aim to achieve herd immunity, is prevalent in the country. According to a Social Weather Stations survey, only three of 10 Filipinos were open to getting the jab if they were offered the chance at a Food and Drug Administration-approved Covid19 shot.
As of last week, data from the health department showed 3.4 million Filipinos have received at least one dose, while over a million people have gotten their second shot. The minimum target of the government to attain “herd containment” is 25 million Filipinos.