February 5, 2023

LAGANGILANG, Abra – The Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology-Extension and Training Services (ASIST-ETS) this town is set to produce face masks for Abrenians who are in the frontlines in the fight against the Covid-19.

ASIST-ETS Director Zarina Orejudos said the project, which aims to provide basic personal protective equipment for health workers, police officers, and Army personnel, is funded by the Commission on Higher Education.

Project Coordinator Jude Mark Tejero said the face masks to be produced will make use of fine Abel textile from Barangay Bulbulala in La Paz, one of the popular Abel producers and loom weaving villages in the province.

Tejero said they are using the Abel textile as the primary material since it is more durable than the ordinary washable materials for face masks. It is also a way promoting the local Abel cloth. 

Graduates of Home Technology Course of ASIST will be in charge in the production of Abel face masks that will be distributed initially to the frontliners of Dolores, Bucay, Tayum, San Juan, and Lagangilang.

Free face masks will also be given to teachers and students of ASIST.

 “This is our way of helping and supporting our task forces in battling the further spread of Covid-19 in our province,” Orejudos said.

This special project is supported by ASIST President Gregorio Turqueza, Jr. and all the faculty and staff members of the institution. – Christian Allister Tubadeza