MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology-Metals and Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) is still accepting donations to produce face shields using plastic injection molding technology.

In a social media post on Thursday, DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said one could reach out to the MIRDC to donate raw materials like acetate and polypropylene.

They could also reach out to them to request to receive face shields, he added.

Dela Peña noted there are organizations and firms which have already partnered with the MIRDC for the production of face shields.

These include the Traffic and Transport Management Office (TTMO) and Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines that donated more than 6,000 rolls of acetates; Manly Plastics, Inc., Prima Plastics, and the University of the Philippines-Visayas (in cooperation with Frabelle Fishing Corporation, Inc. and Philippine Fishing Gear Industries, Inc.), that donated polypropylene.

Omnifab provided additional injection molds, while Mega Samsotite in Laguna will also serve as the venue for the production, he said.

With the use of plastic injection technology, the MIRDC is able to produce 2,500 pieces of face shields per day. The production process is fast since the mold was made of iron.

Aside from the local government of Taguig, and Philippine Red Cross-Valenzuela, dela Peña said the following hospitals already received face shields from the DOST: Philippine General Hospital, Taguig Pateros Hospital, Ospital ng Parañaque, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Ospital ng Lipa, Christ the Saviour General Hospital and Don Manuel Lopez Memorial Hospital.

The others include Martin Marasigan Memorial Hospital, Medical Center Western Batangas, Ospital ng Calaca, Bauan General Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Maynila, Calumpit District Hospital, Baliuag District Hospital, Emilio G. Perez Memorial District Hospital, San Juan District Hospital, Santos General Hospital, Sto. Nino Hospital-Hemodialysis Unit, Allied Care Experts Medical Center-Valenzuela, and Valenzuela Medical Center. (PNA)

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