Mothers in parts of Philippine capital sew face masks for poor communities

Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2020 09:50 AM | Updated as of Apr 19 2020 10:19 AM

MANILA - Sounds of sewing machines echo from a small room at the Taguig Livelihood Shoppe amid the enhanced community quarantine being implemented in most parts of the country. 

Women, mostly mothers, focus on their machines and some on cutting sheets of cloth with one goal in mind - to create as many face masks as possible. 

Jocelyn Rodriguez, a mother of 3, is one of the women who willingly took part in the endeavor to make face masks intended to be given to poor communities. They get a fee for the face masks, but they are already grateful to be of service to others. 

"I am sewing face masks not only for my family, but it's also my service and way to help our countrymen," she said Friday, according to the LBC Foundation.

The mothers of the Taguig Livelihood Shoppe were given 13 boxes of clothes, bedsheets, and blankets by the LBC Foundation. The materials are then made into 2-ply washable face masks. 

The foundation will then buy the masks, and distribute it to frontliners and residents of poor barangays who do not have easy access to face masks. 

Aside from Taguig, LBC Foundation is also partnering with the Upskills Foundation in Tondo and Bulacan. Mothers also create washable face masks to be delivered to densely populated barangays. 

The foundation said most of the women in Taguig, Tondo and Bulacan choose to remain in their facilities so they can continue sewing, as many of their husbands cannot work due to the quarantine. 

So far, the foundation has bought over 13,000 face masks and were given for free to barangays in Taguig and ParaƱaque. LBC Foundation plans to buy over 2 million more pieces of face masks, so the mothers are expected to be a bit busy in the coming days. 

Aside from face masks, the foundation will also be donating Personal Protective Equipment to selected hospitals. These items include 50,000 surgical masks, and 2,000 pairs each of gloves, shoe cover and head cap. 

The government has urged the public to always wear face masks while in public places. The Department of Health also reminds those with reusable face mask made of cloth, to make sure these are properly washed with warm water and detergent, and dried under the sun.