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DTI TURNS OVER 50K FACE MASKS TO PNP – LOPEZ

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) turned over the supply of 50,000 face masks to the Philippine National Police (PNP) for distribution to individuals they’ve detained for not wearing their masks properly in public.

This was following President Duterte’s order during his recent “Talk to the People” to instead give washable face masks to those apprehended by the PNP for face mask violations, and not to give punishment nor hurt them.

The “Libreng Mask para sa Masa” project has already given out 26,426,840 free face masks to several poor communities around the country.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez immediately committed to PNP Chief General Guillermo Eleazar to provide the needed washable facemask from the current “Libreng Mask para sa Masa” project of Duterte, which has already given out 26,426,840 free face masks to several poor communities around the country.

Lopez stressed that the distribution of face masks to the health protocol violators is part of the government’s efforts to reduce the number of active cases in the country and mitigate the impact of the pandemic to our economy.

“What we aim for is to reverse the negative impact of the imposed lockdowns to our local MSMEs.”

 “With the strict compliance of Filipinos, we can safely push for the reopening of low-risk, essential business activities while keeping communities safe from the threats of the pandemic. What we aim for, apart from the ongoing health initiatives, is to reverse the negative impact of the imposed lockdowns to our local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs),” the trade chief added.

The trade head also echoed Senator Bong Go’s emphasis for “malasakit” in handing face masks to violators, especially for the less fortunate.

DTI’s donation of masks to the PNP is in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Presidential Management Staff (PMS). 

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