Face Masks, PPEs Stored at Customs Warehouse

There are tons of personal protective equipment stored at the Bureau of Customs’ warehouse that medical personnel can use, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. claimed.

In a tweet late Sunday, Locsin said the Philippine General Hospital can take the PPEs in the warehouse since it is a government hospital.

Former health undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa said that PGH’s supplier of surgical masks cannot deliver “because they’re stuck at Customs.”

A netizen also asked Locsin if the Customs can instead deliver the PPEs to hospitals. Locsin said he would ask authorities about the matter during the Palace conference Monday afternoon.

During a House briefing, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III admitted that the bigger problem faced by his office is not budget, but rather global supply of PPE and testing supplies.

Congress approved a 1.6 billion-peso supplemental budget for the procurement of PPEs for medical personnel.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1242759/ppe-in-warehouse-story

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