Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. said over the weekend it started local production and distribution of personal protective equipment for the medical sector using medical fabric produced in its woven products facility in Malaysia.
San Miguel said its packaging unit San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corp. engaged community-based tailors and dressmakers to assemble the protective suits.
“It has only been a year, so it’s still very fresh in our minds what happened last year at the start of the pandemic, when there was a worldwide shortage of PPEs. We want to help ensure our medical workers and hospitals can source protective wear locally,” San Miguel president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said.
“At the same time, we’re providing much-needed livelihood for our local artisans whose small sewing businesses have also been affected by the pandemic,” he said.