By Jeffrey Damicog
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has assured that it is doing its best to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to immigration personnel who are also in the front lines of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.
Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete, who has supervision over the Bureau of Immigration (BI), said the DOJ is aware of the problems facing immigration personnel at the country’s ports.
“The problem faced is because of lack of supply,” the DOJ spokesman admitted.
“We are coordinating with private manufacturers to include our front liners (BI included) in priority delivery once supply is available,” he assured.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente has already made an appeal to both the government and private companies to provide PPE for the BI’s front liners.
“There is a lack of PPEs for front line personnel, especially those assigned at the airports and seaports,” Morente said.
He said they are finding it hard to procure PPEs, facemasks, and alcohol due to worldwide demand for these products.
“Hence, we often rely on donations from other government agencies and concerned entities,” he added.