P17-million PPEs, other medical supplies arrive in Puerto Princesa

Published April 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Aira Genesa Magdayao

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan- Some of the personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other important supplies purchased by the provincial government for the fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) arrived here on Monday, April 6.

(Photo courtesy of Gov. Jose Alvarez


In a Facebook post, Palawan Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez said that the first batch of PPEs and other necessary equipment worth P17 million procured by the provincial government for Palawan’s frontliners.

“Arrival n disinfection at puerto airport, medicines and PPES for front liners,” Alvarez texted mediamen.

The budget for the purchase of the PPEs and other supplies was under the P250-million calamity fund of the provincial government, according to Provincial Information Officer Winston Arzaga.

He said that the items were transported from Manila through a personal air asset owned Alvarez.

Arzaga said that the first batch of supplies will be distributed to the hospitals.

“It’s not yet completed, we are waiting for the delivery of other items. Aside from PPEs, we have also purchased alcohols and disinfectants, other necessary things for the front liners,” Arzaga said.

He said that the items will be only intended for the hospitals in the province.

“These are intended for the frontliners in all hospitals, they are the one who really need the PPE, masks, gloves and other gears. We are expecting more PPEs to arrive,” he said.

In addition, he said that they are also set to accept delivery of 30,000 high-end face masks from sister province Hainan in China.

The face masks were donated to the provincial government last March.

“We are finding way to transport the face mask from Hainan to Manila to Puerto Princesa City. We are also expecting more face mask and we are thankful to them,” Arzaga added.