Friday, February 14, 2020

More face masks in market assured

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Northern Mindanao said it is taking measures to address the shortage of face masks, especially  N95 and N88, following the outbreak of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus in China which has infected tens of thousands of people around the world, including the Philippines.

DTI said prices of face masks have also increased due to the dwindling supplies and huge demand in the country. Private and online sellers jacked the prices of N95 and N88 and even surgical masks by as much as 500%. 

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also directed the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) to source out five million masks from suppliers overseas. PITC is currently awaiting response from face mask suppliers in Thailand and Vietnam. 

He said a Filipino supplier based in Bataan, MedTecs International Corporation, has already committed to produce two million pieces of face masks every month. He said MedTecs has partially supplied 125,000 N88 face masks to DTI and 70,000 were donated to the Department of Health and DTI regional offices and attached agencies.

Lopez said the next batch of deliveries will make available 80,000 face masks which will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and distribute them masks to more than 100 Red Cross offices nationwide. (Mindanao Examiner)

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