City chief executives of Metro Manila have agreed to work together in inoculating each other’s residents, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Monday.

In a Palace briefing, MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said the region would implement a QR code system to streamline the verification process for vaccine recipients.

Those with QR codes and scheduled for vaccination may receive their vaccines in any Metro Manila local government unit (LGU).

“Sa Kalakhang Maynila, we act as one, we vote as one, and now, we are going to vaccinate as one,” Abalos said.

“Napagkasunduan namin iyong mga nakatapos na ay magkaroon ng QR Code. [K]ahit hindi na residente ng LGU ay puwedeng magpabakuna, provided, number one, no walk ins at kailangan magpa-schedule sila,” he added.

Abalos also hinted at the possibility of expanding Metro Manila’s vaccination collaboration system to include nearby provinces such as Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite.

The government is prioritizing NCR Plus 8, which consists of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Pampanga, Batangas, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao, in its vaccination drive. John Ezekiel J. Hirro