Procter & Gamble Philippines pledged Tuesday it would manufacture face masks in its Cabuyao City plant to help prevent the spread of the pandemic.
P&G Philippines president and general manager Raffy Fajardo said additional manufacturing equipment would be purchased for the initiative.
The company said the face masks will not be available for sale but will be for donation and use of their employees.
“Hopefully these masks, along with the thousands of hygiene kits we are donating to several COVID hospitals and frontliners, will play a big part in helping frontliners in the fight against COVID-19,” Fajardo said.
Procter & Gamble earlier donated $100 million worth of products to hospitals and frontliners, employee job safety and security assistance, and aid that it has extended to business partners.
Procter & Gamble Philippines said it would coordinate closely with the Department of Health and Department of Trade and the Board of Investments to aid hospitals and communities across the country.
“P&G is committed to helping the Philippines fight the spread of COVID-19. We will be investing in additional equipment for the plant to manufacture face masks for donations, which will be routed through the DOH and used to help protect our employees as they work to produce critically important cleaning, health, and hygiene products for the nation,” Fajardo said.
“Hopefully these masks, along with the thousands of hygiene kits we are donating to several COVID hospitals and frontliners, will play a big part in helping frontliners in the fight against COVID-19,” he added.
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Mandatory wearing of face masks in areas under quarantine imposed
The government ordered the compulsory wearing of face masks in public places in the entire Luzon as part of the enhanced community quarantine protocol beginning April 2.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a virtual press conference that the measure was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to slow the spread of pandemic COVID-19 in the country.
“For areas placed under ECQ, the IATF hereby adopts the policy of mandatory wearing by all residents of face masks, earloop masks, indigenous, reusable or do-it-yourself masks, face shields, handkerchiefs, or such other protective equipment that can effectively lessen the transmission of COVID-19, whenever allowed to go out of their residences,” Nograles said.