Eighteen thousand pieces of donated surgical masks were turned over to three major public hospitals in Metro Manila dealing with COVID-19 patients as announced by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar.
DPWH has provided surgical masks to Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, and Philippine General Hospital for the protection of medical frontliners, said Secretary Villar.
Secretary Villar noted that Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain and the DPWH National Capital Region Office headed by Director Ador Canlas and Assistant Director Juvy Cordon supervised the dispatch of surgical masks deliveries from DPWH Central Office which were donated to the Philippines thru the Department by a generous holding company with investments in various industries in the Philippines.
“More than the surgical masks, the DPWH management and employees are also one in prayers for the safety and protection of the Filipino families, especially the medical teams working at the frontline to assist the patients”, said Secretary Villar.
In addition to those three hospitals, the following have also received surgical masks: Veterans Memorial Medical Center, 2,000 pieces; San Pedro Calungsod Medical Center, 5,000 pieces; and Land Transportation Office-National Capital Region, 2,000 pieces.
In order to maintain the continued and consistent delivery of service to the country, alternative working arrangements including but not limited to work-from-home and creation of skeletal work force is being implemented in all DPWH offices in Luzon including the Central Office and National Capital Region.
The officers of DPWH Employees Union are tasked to lead the distribution of surgical masks for the protection of officials and employees on skeletal duty.
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