DTI urges gov’t agencies, public to patronize locally-made PPEs

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary and Board of Investments (BOI) managing head Ceferino Rodolfo has urged other state institutions and the Filipino public to patronize and use locally made personal protective equipment (PPE) and related items.

The Philippines now produces 60 million face masks and 3.2 million pieces of medical-grade coveralls, to help equip Filipinos against the Covid-19 virus. Production trends remain upwards.

Aside from face masks and medical-grade coveralls, the country now manufactures 6,050 pieces of ventilators and 60,000 pieces of infrared thermometers per month.

“I urge all organizations to ‘buy local’ and source their PPE from factories based in the Philippines. Every time someone buys PPE items made here, they not only help protect people, they help save thousands of jobs and keep food on the table of families across our nation,” Rodolfo said.

At the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Philippines, only the Bataan-based Medtecs International Corp. Ltd., produces medical-grade face masks while coveralls and PPEs, among others, were being imported.

The BOI thus initiated the repurposing of manufacturing facilities to produce critical Covid-19 products locally. Rodolfo said the “upsurge in PPE now being produced in the Philippines is great news for the health and economic wellbeing of the country, and BOI will keep doing everything we can to support more manufacturers to contribute their production lines to this effort.” 

Medical institutions and other organizations may source PPE from the following Philippine-based manufacturers: Medtecs, Yokosaida, EMS Group of Companies, and Distinctive Blinds and Office Supply for face masks. Aside from masks, New Kinpo Group also supplies ventilators and Everwin Philippines for infrared thermometers.

Alcohol and wine maker Destileria Limtuaco now also produces ethyl alcohol. Other firms like Integrated Micro-electronics, Inc. (IMI), Bioteq, Tacca Group and Hyundai are expected to engage in PPE production.

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