Magnolia coach, players provide PPEs for COVID-19 frontliners

Published April 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Waylon Galvez

The Magnolia Hotshots, led by coach Chito Victolero, are stepping up to provide the needs of frontliners fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok coach Chito Victolero, right, talks to his staff at Chlomars Sports Wear in Sta. Maria, Bulacan. (Photo Courtesy of Chito Victolero)
Magnolia coach Chito Victolero, right, talks to his staff at Chlomars Sports Wear in Sta. Maria, Bulacan. (Photos courtesy of Chito Victolero)

From making sports jerseys and apparels, Victolero said the family-owned business Chlomars Sports Wear has been producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the past weeks.

Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok coach Chito Victolero checks the quality of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit. (Photo Courtesy of Chito Victolero)
Checking the quality of the Personal Protective Equipment suit.

Several of Victolero’s clients are his Hotshots players, including Marc Pingris and Mark Barroca.

“Madami na kaming nagawa na PPEs and face mask na nai-donate namin sa community (Bulacan). Then may mga nag-orders, like si Ping naka-order na siya and si Mark nagsabi na mag-order para mai-donate,” said Victolero.

“Actually na-encourage ako sa mga bosses… boss RSA (Ramon S. Ang) and coach Alfrancis (Chua) kung papaano sila tumulong sa mga frontliners at sa mahihirap na kababayan natin.”

“Kaya nung nangyari nga itong pandemic na COVID-19, nung nahinto ang PBA at nagkaroon tayo ng lockdown, naisip namin ng family ko na gumawa ng PPE na pinamigay namin sa frontliners. Then may mga nag-inquire na sa amin kaya tinuloy na namin,” he added.

Pingris said it’s very important to help each other, particularly the frontliners since they need to be safe in taking care of  infected individuals.

“Mahalaga dahil sa panahon ngayon tay0-tayo magtutulungan. Para sa mga frontliners itong suporta dahil grabe yung nagagawa nila sa bansa natin,” said Pingris. “Hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas, sa buong mundo, mga forntliners ang bayani ngayon.”

Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok coach Chito Victolero tries the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit. (Photo Courtesy of Chito Victolero)
Sampling the finished product.

Barroca agreed.

“Ngayon sobrang mahalaga na ang bawat isa magtulungan para labanan itong COVID-19. Sa ganung paraan man lang makatulong tayo sa mga frontliners, kasi sila expose sa mga virus,” he said.

Like other companies, their apparel-making business, Victolero said, struggled to sustain operations due to the health crisis as some employees had to stay home following the government’s implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) last March 15.

However, the decision to make PPEs allowed Victolero to maintain the business, thus helping his 50-plus employees earn at these dire times. Now, a combined 25 sewers are working at home or in their shop in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

 
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