Police to turn old uniforms to reusable face masks

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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Kalinga Provincial Police Office (KPPO) launched today “Uniporme ng PRO-COR, Face mask Mo,” a project where the police would recycle their old uniforms into face masks.

This is a partnership effort between the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PROCOR) and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

As a scheme, TESDA will train or provide the technical assistance to the police personnel on how to make reusable face mask from their old uniforms.

According to Police Lieutenant Colonel Lino Dalisay, Police Community Affairs Development Unit Officer, the program was conceptualize to help provide much needed face masks to the frontliners and civilians who does not have any or can’t afford to buy one.

“Kapag nabuo natin ito, ipapamigay natin ito sa mga lahat ng nangangailangan ng face mask, lalo ngayong andito na tayo sa MGCQ (Modified General Community Quarantine) on the way to new normal,” he said.

Dalisay added that with the new normal, everybody needs to adjust and wear facemasks because there is still no cure for the Coronavirus Disease.

“Hindi tayo pwede lumabas kung wala tayong face mask kasi bawal yan at lahat ng Local Government Units ay may ginawang ordinances na nagpe-penalize sa hindi pagsuot nito. Kaya naisip natin ito para ma-lessen ang burden ng tao kasi pag bumili ka, medyo mahal naman. At least ito libre, labhan mo lang at pwedeng gamitin ulit the next day” he explained.

Dalisay also said that all personnel from the Kalinga PNP are required to donate their old uniforms which they no longer use and that they aim to make at least more than a thousand face masks.

TESDA Provincial Director Victor Brioso then said that aside from teaching the PNP personnel make the mask, TESDA-Kalinga also provided some their personnel to help in the production.

Brioso added that personnel from TESDA-Kalinga will also donate their old clothes and to be converted to facemasks equal to the target of the PNP.

“Aside dito, tumutulong din ang TESDA nuon pa, gumagawa din kami ng face masks, face shields, iba pang PPEs (personal protectiv

By Edward Joseph Gacuya