Iloilo City Produces Masks for Everyone through the Help of the Uswag Sewers

From Mayor Jerry Trenas’ page:

While waiting for the guidelines from the health sector and National Government before lifting the ECQ, we cannot just sit and wait doing nothing. That is why, today, I activated a new initiative – The Uswag Sewers, producing masks for everyone.

We plan to make 60,000 pieces of cloth masks before the lifting of the ECQ. This will serve as protection for everyone, and will help reduce the transmission of the virus. To those who would want to help, please let me know or comment in this post since we need more for those who don’t have an access to face masks. As of today, we have activated thirty Uswag Sewers, but we need more.

Thank you, Angelina Bakeshop, for donating “katsa” to be used for this initiative.

Why Wear Masks

There is a possibility that the virus can spread between people who are interacting in close proximity. Little did we know, we can actually spreading it by talking, coughing and sneezing. In consciously wearing cloth face coverings, we are mitigating the possible spread of the disease. Wear one especially when you are out in a public space where distancing could be more difficult such as doing your groceries or buying your medicines.

Wearing of Masks Reminders

Before wearing your masks, make sure you used rubbing alcohol in your hands or you washed your hands clean. Also, make it sure that you are covering both your nose and mouth. When you are using reusable cloth masks, please wash it often. Keep it clean also.


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Creating Your Own Masks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. If you want to make your own masks, kindly visit my post: How to Make Your Own Washable and Reusable Masks with Pocket for Filter. It is a detailed guide with pattern.


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