Over 7.5 million face masks distributed to LGUs

Published February 17, 2021, 9:37 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The national government has distributed more than 7.5 million cloth face masks under its  “Libreng Mask Para sa Masa” project.

FREE DISTRIBUTION OF FACE MASKS. DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje (3rd from left), together with members of the Task Group Face Mask, hands over boxes of reusable face masks to Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan (2nd from left) on Feb. 10. A similar turnover was also held in the cities of Makati, Davao, and Iloilo. (Photo from the DSWD) 

This was disclosed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a member of the Task Group Face Mask (TG FM) that is tasked to ensure the distribution of the face masks to the local government units  (LGUs) as part of the  Duterte administration’s campaign to prioritize the safety of citizens during the  coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The DSWD said a total of 3,289,660  pieces of cloth face masks were turned over to the local chief executives of cities of Caloocan, Makati, Davao, and Iloilo from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10. 

Caloocan got the biggest share with 1,194,000, followed by Davao and Iloilo with  852,330 each, and Makati, 391,000.

“With this, a total of 7,576,360 face masks were already turned over to 24 municipalities and cities, and three provinces,” the DSWD said. 

The “Libreng Face Mask Para Sa Masa” presidential initiative seeks to strengthen the government’s strategic plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infections. The project aims to encourage the public to follow the minimum public health standards, and to support the micro, small, and medium enterprises whose operations were disrupted by the pandemic.

Aside from DSWD and DTI, also sitting as members of the TG FM are the Department of Health (DOH), Procurement Service of Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI).