Indigents to get free face masks


Poor Filipinos need not worry about complying with the required facemasks as part of the safety protocols against the Covid-19 virus if the worse comes to worst. The governments has already started the distribution of free washable face masks to help contain its spread.

The free facemask distribution comes under the program referred to as the “Bida Solusyon: MaskVIDA (Mask for Vulnerable and Indigent; Delivered and Available) of the Department of Health (DOH). It aims seeks to provide about 30 million free face masks to Filipinos.

During the program’s recent launch at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III  said it seeks to boost the efforts of the both national and local governments to combat the pandemic and at the same time provide livelihood to many who lost their jobs.

He said “proper wearing of face mask reduces the spread of the virus by 85 percent.”

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said the reusable masks are produced by the small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) assisted by the shared service facility (SSF) program of the DTI, as well as the dressmakers from Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA).

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