The Task Group Face Mask (TG FM) of the National Task Force against COVID-19 has distributed over 2.4 million washable face masks in Metro Manila and neighbouring provinces, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Tuesday, Jan. 19.
“To date, the Task Force has distributed 2,422,890 face masks to 16 cities and municipalities in the National Capital Region, and three provinces,” the DSWD said in a statement.
The agency announced the Task Force’s distribution of face masks to the cities of Marikina and Malabon “in the coming days” under the national government’s “Libreng Mask Para sa Masa” project.
The DSWD said it “continues to deliver free washable face masks to local government units (LGUs).”
The DSWD is a member of the task group which is tasked to lead the distribution of free face masks to the poor as a part of precautionary measures against COVID-19.
The provision of face masks is part of the campaign of the administration to prioritize the safety of citizens during the pandemic.
On January 15, 2021, the province of Cavite received a total of 1,080,000 cloth face masks, the Department cited.
The DSWD noted that the government’s implementation of the “Libreng Mask Para sa Masa” project also seeks to support micro, small, and medium enterprises whose operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 16, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Memorandum No. 49 directing the DSWD and five other agencies to pool their resources, and closely coordinate for the swift distribution of face masks to the public free of charge.
Joining the DSWD in implementing the free face masks to the poor are the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Presidential Management Staff (PMS).