QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – In a post on her Facebook page, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo called on Filipino “industrial designers, fashion designers, Architects, engineers etc. to come up with alternative designs for PPEs with readily available materials which can be produced and sourced locally.”
”Of course, the requirement is it would still offer the same amount of protection.” she added.
Robredo made the call in the midst of what she described as the short supply of protective gear that would shield Filipinos from the threat of COVID-19.
Within just a just a few hours after her post, the Office of the Vice President received dozens of samples of locally-designed face masks made of rattan, bamboo, capiz shells, narra wood and coconut husks.
The OVP said Robredo was very impressed with the ingenuity of the designers who responded to her appeal.