June 1, 2023

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Sec. Isidro Lapeña has called on the public to learn how to make do-it-yourself washable face masks especially at this time of need and while the majority of the population is under the enhanced community quarantine. 

The Tesda chief said while its regional and provincial employees and trainees are continuously producing washable face masks for donation to frontline workers, there is still a big demand for face masks nationwide given the threat of spread of the Covid-19 in the community. 

“It will be beneficial if our kababayans who are staying at home learn how to sew face masks for their use and of their families. We all need face masks now that we are required to wear them outside when doing essentials for our households.”

Face mask production can also be turned into a livelihood especially during this time when work has been suspended due to the quarantine. With the reported shortage in the supply of face masks, enterprising Filipinos can benefit from selling cloth face masks.

Tesda has posted an instructional video on how to make cloth face masks at www.e-tesda.gov.ph.

As of April 4, Tesda has produced and donated almost 91,000 face masks to frontline workers in various hospitals and local government units, uniformed personnel at checkpoints, barangay tanod, and health workers, other government agencies, and members of the media. – Press release