SPI’s livelihood project produces face mask for community frontliners

SPI’s livelihood project produces face mask for community frontliners

Apr 03, 2020

With the limited supply of surgical and professional masks in the COVID 19 Pandemic, SPI’s livelihood project got crafty and started to design and produce face mask for the community frontliners.

The VK Upcycling, a business unit of VK General Services and Multi-Purpose Cooperative started to produce face mask with an order made by SPI for the communities in Tagoloan and Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

SPI made an order of about  2,300 pieces to be distributed to the municipal health workers and frontliners in the two municipalities. The face mask is made from gina earth cloth and spandy fabric with a pocket to be inserted with a surgical disposal mask as its filter. The design was also guided by SPI nurse Ronald Paderanga. It is washable and reusable.

Workers in the frontlines are encouraged to wear surgical masks or similar covers to protect their nose and mouth from droplets of those infected with the virus and thus contain the spread. However, some of these frontliners work under conditions of lack of personal protective equipment.

The VK face mask is SPI’s assistance to those at the forefront to thank them for tirelessly working to contain the infectious disease and at the same time help sustain the livelihood of the locals in the community.