The CPMP said they invested $36 Million to speed up the production of protective materials, provide 57.6 million masks and three million coveralls a month to supply the needs for frontliners and meet local demand.

The Confederation of Philippine Manufacturers of PPE (CPMP) and its parent organization, the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP), appreciate the recent government statement to prioritize the purchase of locally made PPE and masks under the Bayanihan Act II P140 Billion fund.

In a statement, CPMP Executive Director Rosette Carrillo told the Daily Tribune they highly appreciate the support of the DTI’s Board of Investments (DTI-BoI), especially Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

On Saturday, Lopez said the BoI and the Department of Budget and Management Procurement Service (DBM-PS) gave preference to locally-manufactured, internationally-certified PPE days after CPMP aired its sentiment on the government’s continuous purchase of imported medical supplies from China despite adequate capacity from local producers.

“On behalf of the Confederation of Philippine Manufacturers of PPE (CPMP), we are highly appreciative of the support of DTI-BoI headed by Secretary Lopez. Equally we are grateful to the lawmakers who clearly understood the vulnerability of being import dependent on critical products and emphasized the support needed in Bayanihan 2,” CPMP executive director Rosete Carillo said.

“We hope Bayanihan 2 once effective, is further realized with actual government procurement. But most important is for the concerned government agency to implement a long-term strategic procurement plan with local suppliers of medical grade PPE to build a sustainable supply base, to assure the health security of the country during this current and future health crisis,” CONWEP Executive Director Maritess Jocson Agoncillo said.

The CPMP said they invested $36 Million to speed up the production of protective materials, provide 57.6 million masks and three million coveralls a month to supply the needs for frontliners and meet local demand.

The CPMP include Tacca Industries Pty Ltd., Medtecs International Corp. Ltd., Luen Thai International Group Phils. Inc., EMS Components Assembly Inc. and Reliance Producers Cooperative.

Link: https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2020/08/25/thanks-for-heeding-our-call-cpmp/