The Guimaras State University (GSU) has stepped in to address the deficiency of face masks in the market for the use of medical frontliners and volunteers in the island province of Guimaras.
Utilizing the potential of its shared service facility (SSF), the GSU aims to produce 25,000 face masks for donation to the five municipalities in the island-province, including the school staff and students, and volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross.
The GSU is the cooperator of the SSF on Garments, Wearable, Homestyle and Apparel Technology under the DTI SSF Program, with the initiative of the DTI Guimaras Provincial Office.
The GSU is embarking on P480,000 capital investment for the initiative. The face masks will be distributed to the local government units of Jordan, Buenavista, Sibunag, San Lorenzo and Nueva Valencia.
Presently, the facility was able to produce 7,000 face masks. It was also able to provide 15 head caps, masks and suits to the medical frontliners of the Guimaras Provincial Hospital.
DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon lauded the initiative of the academe especially on the utilization of the SSF. “The academe has fully utilized the facility to benefit the community in helping address the shortage of protective masks for frontline health workers, military personnel in the checkpoints and the people in the different communities,” she said.
With a production capacity of 1,000 face masks per day, the academe also intends to provide face masks to all government agencies, churches and other frontliners, among others.
Until now, the Province of Guimaras has not recorded any case of Covid-19.#