Manufacturer ensures 24/7 alcohol production amid COVID-19 spread

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 21 2020 03:04 PM

A grocery in Quezon City stocks up on hygiene products such as alcohol on Feb. 16, 2020. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A local manufacturer of disinfectants on Saturday assured daily production of alcohol amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

"Every day we are delivering. Our production is 24/7," Philusa Corporation general manager Neogin Evangelista told radio DZMM.

Philusa Corp. is the distributor of RHEA Isopropyl Alcohol, Cleene Ethyl Alcohol, and other hygienic and medical products.

Evangelista said there has been a shortage of alcohol supply in supermarkets since February due to the surge in demand.

Contagion fears stoked panic-buying among consumers, he said.

"The orders we received from the retailers was almost more than a year's worth in 2019. That's how huge the surge in demand [is]," Evangelista said.

Before the national government imposed an enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to curb the spread of COVID-19, alcohol products in supermarkets were also picked clean.

He said supermarkets would have ample supplies of disinfectants once consumer behavior normalizes.

"Once it's back to normal consumer behavior, eventually there will be stocks in the shelves of our retailers," he said.

To address panic buying and hoarding among consumers, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has set a limit for every household.

Consumers are only allowed to purchase up to 2 pieces of 70 percent solution anti-septic or disinfectant alcohol, 2 pieces of hand sanitizer, 2 pieces of disinfecting liquids, 5 pieces of bath soap, 10 pieces of toilet paper and 5 pieces of N-88 face mask or N-95 face mask.