P&G Philippines to manufacture face masks to help fight COVID-19

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 07 2020 12:35 PM

P&G Philippines to manufacture face masks to help fight COVID-19 1
A health care worker carries documents inside a free shuttle provided by the government during the lockdown imposed on Luzon due to the COVID-19 epidemic on March 30, 2020. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Procter & Gamble Philippines said Tuesday it would manufacture face masks in its Cabuyao City plant south of the capial to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional manufacturing equipment will be acquired for the initiative, said P&G Philippines president and general manager Raffy Fajardo.

The government recently mandated the use of face masks for everyone leaving their homes for the duration of the Luzon lockdown.

"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.

P&G said it would closely coordinate with the Department of Health and Department of Trade and Industry as well as the Board of Investments to assist hospitals and communities nationwide.

The firm earlier donated P100 million worth of products to hospitals, frontliners, employees and business partners, it said.