Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) —The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it will supply soon an additional two million face masks to the Health Department and the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said Wednesday night that they will be sourcing more face masks from a supplier in Bataan to provide for the Health Department and for public consumption.
The Bataan supplier promised to deliver two million face masks for the rest of March, and three million more in April.
“We recognize that these numbers aren’t even enough to provide for all the Filipinos,” Lopez said.
He added that 300,000 face masks have been delivered to DOH, and 100,000 more will be delivered Thursday.
Private companies like SM Group vowed to donate personal protective equipment to health workers and frontliners.
The number of people who have contracted COVID-19 in the Philippines has reached 202, while 17 have died because of the disease caused by a virus called SARS CoV-2.
Source : CNN Philippines