Immigration bureau appeals for help in securing protective gear

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2020 01:14 PM | Updated as of Mar 22 2020 01:18 PM

MANILA -- The Bureau of Immigration on Sunday appealed to the public to help secure protective gear against the coronavirus for its personnel who guard the country's air and sea ports.

The bureau is "finding it hard" to get personal protective equipment or PPEs. While donations are coming, "we need more," said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.

"There is always a fear of being exposed to it," said Grifton Medina, who heads the BI's port operations division

Immigration officers resorted to using makeshift or reusable face masks to protect themselves from contracting SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, he said,

Procedures are in place should immigration officers encounter a patient infected with the virus, Morente said.

As of Sunday morning, the Philippines has recorded 380 cases of COVID-19 with 25 deaths.