The government was recently urged to set up a program for stockpiling medical-grade PPE to ensure the availability of local supply of the products needed during pandemics.
A stockpiling program would also ensure that locally-made PPE will be sold and consumed in the domestic market, according to the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (Conwep) and the Coalition of Philippine Manufacturers of PPE (CPMP).
Conwep and CPMP said through a stockpiling program, the government could buy more locally-produced PPE.
The groups added member companies joined the nationwide government procurement for PPE in the latter part of 2020, but local manufacturers’ capacity was not maximized due to the strict government bidding process.
“CPMP members were able to garner from the above-board procurement process only 27 percent of its monthly capacity for coveralls and gowns (815,000 units) and 69 percent of the monthly mask capacity or around 41.3 million units,” the groups said.