Family in Davao assembles face shields for doctors

Vina Araneta-Pilapil, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 24 2020 06:19 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2020 04:16 PM

Cheryl Anne Dela Cruz-Tan

DAVAO CITY - With the guidance of their structural engineer father, two siblings in Davao City recently assembled and donated face shields for the doctors of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

Katherine Botuyan, 23, had just graduated with a degree in architecture while her younger brother Isaiah John, 18, is a grade 12 student in the STEM strand.

Their father, Allan Botuyan, said Isaiah did the 3D printing while Katherine assembled the face shields.

“We started printing 2 days ago and started giving away yesterday. Still ongoing until we run out of materials to print,” he said Tuesday.

“To make one face shield is 2.5 hours printing and 15 minutes assembling for the first model. We are making a second model that will take 1.5 hours para mas marami kami maibigay."

Cheryl Anne Dela Cruz-Tan

SPMC is in need of more than 80 face shields, according to Allan. The family has assembled 15 face shields so far.

Allan said his friend from Cebu introduced a website to him, which provides a design of a protective face shield for the frontliners as part of their protective personal equipment.

“Each roll of filament for printing can produce 25 to 30 pieces of face shields. We can produce 100 pieces in 10 days. Bigay namin lahat sa SPMC. Hangga’t meron pa materials to produce, we will continue to make and give to our frontliners,” he said.

"As a bible-believing Christian, my family believes that to love our neighbors in action is really the fruit of loving God. And this is one opportunity to display that God loves his children. We are just using whatever God has given us only for His glory. Nothing more."