MANILA — Over 12,000 sets of government-bought personal protective equipment (PPEs) arrived in the Philippines from China on Tuesday and are set to be distributed to medical frontliners, according to the government's task force against the pandemic.
In a statement, the National Task Force against COVID-19 said the fresh batch was part of the P1.8-billion worth of PPEs that the Philippine government procured overseas.
The PPEs were flown via "goodwill flight" courtesy of China.
The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said the PPE sets were scheduled to arrive between April 6 and 24. The purchase of 1 million PPEs went through the procurement process of the Department of Budget and Management, it added.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases last April 6 said the Philippines will start local production of medical-grade PPEs by this week, with the help of member companies of the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines.
As of Tuesday, the Philippines has reported 5,223 COVID-19 cases, 335 of whom have succumbed to the disease while 295 have recovered.