MANILA -- (UPDATE) Close to 400 volunteers from the fashion industry have committed to create PPEs, or personal protective equipment, for the Philippines' frontline medical workers against the novel coronavirus.
Leading the initiative is London-based designer Mich Dulce, who said on Instagram that they now need more materials such as water-repellant fabric for reusable protective suits.
"Now we have more makers than material so I am posting this call for donations," she said in her post, which showed details of the materials they need to create more PPEs.
She added that they will be uploading the pattern for the protective suits soon: "Please be patient with us while we make the tech pack accurate and detailed."
The volunteer project is now supported by Steph Lim, Patrice Ramos Diaz, Rajo Laurel, Patty Ang and Puey Quinones.
Cynthia Diaz, central coordinator of the project, is eyeing initial production of 300 PPEs for hospitals which are in urgent need of the suits, along with food, masks and other important medical needs.
“Our initial PPE stocks are in blue, green, white, pink and beige colors and they can be worn one time only," Diaz said. “We hope we can work with a donated fabric that can be washed and re-used.”
The hospital suits project is also supported by celebrities KC Concepcion, Sarah Lahbati and other artists.
For her part, Dulce reiterated to “centralize donations" with Diaz "for distribution to volunteers rather than go to individual makers so that we can account all donations and be completely transparent.”
In a previous post, Dulce said the PPEs they will create will be distributed via the office of Vice President Leni Robredo.
She said the Vice President "will be lending them samples of protective gear so we can make a pattern of it, and begin production."
Dulce was already an established designer and film and TV stylist when she joined "Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition" in 2006. A singer on the side, Dulce has also designed for Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga.
Her hat designs have also been featured in US TV shows "Gossip Girl" at "The Carrie Diaries." -- with report from Mario Dumaual