By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – A total of 8,050 face masks have been distributed to frontliners in Surigao del Sur fighting the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Joining hands in its humanitarian effort, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Surigao del Sur (TESDA) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in Surigao del Sur are planning to produce more for the front-liners who are strategically positioned in different control quarantine checkpoints in the province.
TESDA and DepEd are also tapping other non-government organizations for additional face masks and personal protective equipment intended for the frontliners.
They have also been involved in food distributions to residents in the province’s far-flung areas affected by the quarantine.
TESDA-Surigao del Sur also tapped 15 other schools that are offering tailoring and dressmaking courses to produce more face masks.
In the production and distribution of face masks, TESDA and DepEd are currently being assisted by the provincial government of Surigao del Sur and the Constituency Office of the 1st District of the province led by Gov. Alexander Pimentel and Rep. Prospero Pichay, respectively.
“Front-liners are on the deadly ground, that is why we saw the need of providing them with face masks for their protection,” Surigao del Sur TESDA chief Rey Cueva said.
The province’s TESDA chief thanked Gov. Pimentel and Rep. Pichay, the local government of Marihatag, and the Philippine Red Cross in the area for their support.
Provincial officials of TESDA and DepEd are producing more face masks and disinfectants with the P50,000 given by the municipal government of Carrascal.
They were also supported by the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion andMontanez Agri-Venture farm school in the distribution of food packs to members of the Manobo tribe in the highland communities in New Umalag, San Miguel town of that same province.
Last week, TESDA and 36th IB also gave food packs to several families in Barangay Bogac, in Lingig town of the same province.
The TESDA provincial office in Surigao del Sur with the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Association also initiated the distribution of snacks and drinks to the front-liners.
Initially, more than 150 bottles of calamansi iced tea with lemongrass and honey, 150 bottles of blue ternate juice, 100 packs of “Palao” (a native root crop) and 50 packs of “Latik” (from coconut milk) were distributed to front-liners recently.