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DOH Offering P2.7-Million Prizes In Vaccination Raffle

DOH Offering P2.7-Million Prizes In Vaccination Raffle
Health workers and other members of vaccine proriority groups receive their second shot of Sinovac's COVID-19 jab at Marikina Elementary School on May 4, 2021. Photo by Boy Santos, The Philippine STAR

More than P2.7 million is at stake in a raffle promo launched on Saturday, Oct. 9, by the Department of Health (DOH) to encourage people to get their jabs against COVID-19.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said the “Bakunado Panalo” program is meant to incentivize getting inoculated against COVID-19.

He said in a statement that the program is DOH’s way of thanking vaccinated individuals “for choosing" to join the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Every Filipino vaccinated is another Filipino protected. Through this raffle, we celebrate the contribution that each Filipino makes in choosing to get vaccinated and playing their part to end this pandemic,” he said.

At a public briefing, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire revealed that some 200,000 individuals have already participated in the program. Vergeire added the goal is to have a least one million participants.

Bakunado Panalo is an SMS-based raffle open to vaccinated Filipinos. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. sponsored the program in collaboration with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF).

Under the program, cash prize of P5,000 will be given to each of 50 winning participants in October and November.

In the grand draw in December, 10 individuals will win P100,000 each, while one will bag P500,000 and another the grand prize of P1 million.

Those who received a single dose will get one raffle entry while three entries will be given to the fully inoculated. Senior citizens shall get “double” raffle entries.

To join the raffle, a vaccinated individual may text RESBAKUNAREG <space> NAME/AGE/ADDRESS to 8933 to register. For example: RESBAKUNAREG Juan Dela Cruz/45/Block 6 Lot 18 Golden Subdivision, Pasig City.

DOH data showed as of Oct. 4, the country had already fully vaccinated over 21.8 million Filipinos from the total of 46.3 million doses administered.

For his part, PDRF Chief Resilience Officer Guillermo Luz said they support the government’s plan to fully vaccinate 80% of Filipinos, including children from ages 12 to 17, “to build population protection for the country.”

“Mass vaccination, together with minimum health safety standards, is the best way to manage this pandemic and prevent deaths. It will also help us reopen the economy and enable people to rebuild their lives,” Luz added.