In 2020, a group of companies repurposed their facilities to make PPEs, after the DTI asked for help. Now, they can make 36 million medical grade coveralls and isolation gowns yearly, among other PPEs.

But the government only bought some of it, a weak demand that led to layoffs
As of the third quarter of 2020, the Confederation of Philippine Manufacturers of PPE (CPMP) has a total capacity to make 720 million units of face masks, 36 million units of coveralls and isolation gowns and 120 Million units of PPE related accessory covers.
CPMP said they joined the government’s nationwide procurement program around the end of November to December, although there were members that had already been supplying to the government before that.
“CPMP members were able to garner from the above-board procurement process only 27 percent of its monthly capacity for coveralls & gowns or 815,000 units, and 69 percent of the monthly mask capacity or around 41.3 million units,” CPMP said.
During a press briefing in August last year, CPMP officials said they have 7,450 direct workers. In a Senate hearing last April, officials said they had to lay off up to 3,500 workers in the repurposed factories in December 2020, given the lack of demand.
To make it worse, this is almost the same story as August last year.
But after all of that, the group just wants to move forward. They want the government to come up with a comprehensive plan that will make the most of the country’s local PPE supplies.…

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