Clark-based firm seeks to produce 2 million masks monthly

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2020 02:16 PM

MANILA - A medical supplies firm based at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga is targeting production of some 2 million face masks a month amid high demand because of the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said Saturday. 

In a statement, CDC said the Yokoisada Philippine Corporation (YPC) hopes to boost its production by April 14, when the Luzon lockdown is expected to have ended and manpower can go back to full production. 

YPC is currently producing at "20 percent of the total maximum capacity," its president Yuki Yokoi said as quoted in the statement, and is hopeful to "produce more masks" once the enhanced community quarantine is lifted. 

"The company can produce up to 10 million face masks under a full capacity with 300 workers," the statement said, citing that about 50 workers are working to manufacture at the moment. 

Manufactured face masks will be distributed to various pharmaceutical firms "to supply the demand and help prevent the spread of COVID-19." 

DTI assured the firm of more manpower "in the coming weeks" to achieve full production, CDC said.

Under new measures in the enhanced community quarantine, Luzon residents are required to wear masks whenever outdoors. 

Hospitals are also grappling with a lack of protective equipment, with some medical workers relying on improvised equipment and donations to get by.