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Ba’t kailangang made in China? Recto wants Pinoy manufacturers prioritizes for procuring PPEs

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Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is pushing for a “Buy Filipino” policy when it comes to personal protective equipment (PPEs) purchased for frontliners.

Recto said tapping Filipino PPE manufacturers is a “win win solution” as it will help businesses recover amid the pandemic. He said a coalition of garment manufacturers has committed “an army of 10,000 sewers” ready to go into the production of protective gowns and masks.

“Kaysa ayuda na walang kapalit, baka pwede ito ang mas magandang tulong to help tailors who have lost jobs or customers to the pandemic. Walang bumibili ng damit ngayon. Hindi kailangan ng uniporme sa online classes. Di rin kailangan mag-japorms kasi wala namang gimmick,” the senator said.

Recto’s call to prioritize Philippine-made PPEs came after Senator Risa Hontiveros called out the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for buying PPEs from China.

Hontiveros said the PPE sets bought by DBM in April and May this year were overpriced by P1 billion compared to what local manufacturers produced.

Recto said his proposal should not be read as a waiver of medical production standards.

“‘Yung breathing apparatus na complicated, kailangan mo talaga i-import. Pero kung protective gowns lang, bakit kailangang Made in China, kung same quality at competitive ang presyo ng Made in Cavite?” he said.

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