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MHARSMC received the PPE from DOST 10

Misamis Occidental- Medical frontliners of Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center (MHARSMC) in Ozamiz City receives Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Aerosol box donations from the Department of Science and Technology-X

On April 06, 2020, the Department of Science and Technology-X thru its Provincial Science and Technology Center Misamis Occidental donated 150 pieces of N95 masks and 500 pieces of surgical masks with the aim to augment the dwindling PPE supply of the hospital for the time being.

Moreover, on April 08, 2020, DOST-X turned over ten (10) Aerosol Boxes to MHARSMC to help medical frontliners reduce exposure to droplets when intubating patients while containing the spread of the virus.

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Face Shields used by PIA-X Staff (photo courtesy of PIA-X)

Cagayan de Oro City - The Department of Science and Technology regional office 10 continues to produce additional Face Shields for COVID-19 front liners within the region. The agency's employee-volunteers were able to produce 1,000 pieces of Face Shields in their second-round of production on April 8, 2020. The distributions were done on the days that follow until April 17, 2020.

The face shields were donated to the City Government of Cagayan de Oro; Philippine National Police-X; Office of Civil Defense-X; Philippine Information Agency-X; Local Government Units of Lugait, Laguindingan, Magsaysay, and Jasaan; and Provincial Science and Technology Centers in Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, and Lanao del Norte.

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Knapsack sprayer from Eunics Marketing

As COVID-19 pandemic rages on, our dedicated front liners are tirelessly fighting back the disease with medical and disciplinary measures. Our very own DOST SETUP-assisted firms in Lanao del Norte back up our front liners with their specialty products and services to refuel their energy.

Small Enterprise Technology Program (SETUP) of the Department of Science and Technology is a nationwide strategy to assist MSMEs in adopting technological innovations. It aims to enhance operational efficiency, and boost productivity and competitiveness. SETUP-assisted firms are empowered with Science and Technology interventions. They truly appreciate our heroes’ sacrifices and thus offered voluntary support.

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Recipients of the packs of rice donated by Puyo Handicrafts in Barangay Bulua and Barangay Patag

Cagayan de Oro City, April 2, 2020- 180 face masks were produced and distributed by Puyo Handicrafts to different hospitals in the city. There were 70 pieces of face masks provided to Northern Mindanao Medical Center, 50 pieces to JR Borja General Hospital, 30 pieces to Capital University Medical Center and 30 pieces to Cagayan de Oro Medical Center. These face masks can help protect the front liners from catching Corona Virus in the midst of treating patients.

Words of gratitude from the beneficiaries were what the enterprise got in return: “Thank you so much Tita Vivian! Just when we needed it the most! Happy kaayo mi, Way maka tupong! Daghang Salamat Puyo Handicrafts! God bless you a hundred-fold!”

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DOST-PTRI’s The REwear (Re-useable, Washable and Re-wearable) Facemask Made Smart

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Textile Research Institute disseminated a Face Mask Resource Kit that would help people differentiate various qualities of face masks.

The toolkit explained the differences of N95 masks, surgical masks, and cloth masks to heighten the public’s knowledge on the masks’ advantages and disadvantages.

“This resource kit is a sincere response to the need for information on face masks.”, Ms. Celia B. Elumba, Director IV of DOST-PTRI, said.

As stated in the toolkit, ordinary cloth masks filter lesser quantities of particles than the N95 and surgical masks. Both N95 and surgical masks are fluid resistant, thus gives the wearer higher protection than the cloth masks. Surgical masks can filter at least 80% of particles compared to cloth masks which can only filter 50%.