THE sole producer of face masks in the Philippines has actually committed to supply the nation about 2 million pieces each month at a time the federal government is having a hard time to discover supply from overseas with stocks going out globally.

Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez stated his agency
had the ability to secure 100,000 pieces of face mask from Medtecs International Corp
. Ltd. to be delivered today. The Bataan-based company also promised to provide
400,000 pieces in the following weeks, bringing domestic sale to around 2
million pieces each month.

” Nevertheless, I have actually personally talked to
the owner of the only local producer of masks, Medtecs, that is based in
Bataan, and they devoted to provide the government, through the DTI
[Department of Trade and Industry], 100,000 pieces today and 400,000 pieces
weekly thereafter,” Lopez informed press reporters last Sunday night.

” They can commit to supply the Philippines
around 2 million pieces each month, up until this amount is needed,” he stated.
” While they produce on a restricted capability– 80,000 pieces daily– Medtecs is now
airfreighting more machines to increase their production capability.”

According to Lopez, Medtecs expressed its
dedication to support and focus on the demand in the Philippines, proof of
which was its contribution of 500,000 pieces of face mask to victims of the Taal
eruption in January distributed through city government units.

Medtecs, running in the Philippines because
1989, has its factories found in the Freeport Location of Bataan in Mariveles. As
with locators in any financial zone, Medtecs is mandated by law to export at
least 70 percent of its production to get approved for registration and rewards.

At a daily output of 80,000 pieces, Medtecs
has an estimated monthly production of 1.6 million face masks. As such, it
remains to be seen how the producer prepares to adhere to its word to
designate 2 million pieces monthly for domestic usage. At the same time,
it’s also a concern how it will fulfill its export requirements.

The stocks to be delivered by Medtecs will be used for the meantime that the government is scrambling to find supply from abroad.

PITC tapped

Last week, Lopez advised the
Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) to canvass

for the importation of 5 million pieces of
face mask to boost stockpile in your area.

However, India, Pakistan,
the United States and Europe suggested limited stocks, while Thailand and
Vietnam have yet to send their feedback, the trade chief disclosed.

Since Saturday, details
gathered by the PITC revealed that providers from abroad are likewise running low
in terms of stocks of face mask due to the rise in international demand, Lopez said.
As an alternative, the federal government is in talks with manufacturers who can extend
their operations to the production of face masks.

” We have also heightened
engagements to match celebrations with core capabilities that can reach
production of masks– consisting of foreign companies in the nation that have the
innovation, regional companies that can readily offer factories and employees, and
local manufacturers in garments and sanitary paper, or cotton-based products,”
Lopez stated.

The unique coronavirus
identified in Wuhan, China, has actually spread out throughout numerous parts of the world,
including in Southeast Asia, where there are now 19 cases in Thailand, 18 in
Singapore, 8 in Malaysia, 6 in Vietnam and one in Cambodia. Demand for
face masks, which need to be worn by individuals with breathing signs and
health employees, in turn surged.

The Philippines has two
validated cases– both Chinese nationals who took a trip to Manila– of the
coronavirus– one is dead, the very first outside of China, the other is recovering.

To avoid the further
spread of the respiratory illness, President Duterte last Sunday enforced a.
blanket ban on foreigners from China, Hong Kong and Macau. Only Filipino.
people, in addition to those holding long-term resident visa issued by the.
government, might get in the nation, but are required to go through a 14-day.

There are at least 17,389 confirmed cases and.
362 taped deaths– all however one in China– from the unique coronavirus since.
Monday afternoon.

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