MANILA – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Monday denied posts and pictures circulating on social media claiming that personal protective equipment (PPE) sets and supplies needed by medical personnel in containing the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak are for sale.
“Days ago, the agency has received some reports of misleading posts. One of which was a photo of (PPE sets) being unloaded from a military aircraft used by a netizen for business purposes, claiming that the items in the photo which are intended for distribution to hospitals are for sale,” OCD administrator Ricardo Jalad said in a statement.
He added the agency strongly condemns such activities, as well as other forms of disinformation which aims to advance a personal interest.
Jalad assured the public that donations and other procured items by the government are being received by the intended beneficiaries as it uses a strict monitoring system for its distribution.
He added that all equipment sets are being distributed directly to various health institutions.
“The OCD ensures that donations and other procured items are properly managed as it upholds transparency and efficient arrangement,” he added.
However, Jalad said if the agency discovers any irregularities, it assures the public of appropriate action towards people involved as well as appropriate charges if warranted.
“OCD once again calls on the public to be cautious, check sources, and refrain from sharing unverified information,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the agency has launched a section for Covid-19 donations on its website, in which the public, can access the list and other further details of donations.
The OCD is the agency tasked for the distribution of medical equipment such as face masks, protective overall suits, gloves, goggles, and other supplies to facilities tasked to care for Covid-19 patients. (PNA)