The Department of Health today said that the procured PPE sets from the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) are cheaper and at par with WHO standards.

The DOH said that the PPE sets include nine (9) components such as coverall suits, gloves, N95 mask, head cover, shoe cover, surgical mask, surgical gown, apron, and face shield.

Moreover, despite the high level of demand and limited global supply,  the PPE sets were procured at a much lower cost than pre-COVID-19 prices. The DOH was able to procure the PPE sets from PS-DBM at a price ranging from Php1,700 to less than Php2,000. They were also cheaper than the DOH’s allocated budget of Php2,000 per unit as contained in the Purchase Request (PR) to the PS-DBM.

The DOH further underscored that, as a general rule in procurement, reference to any brand name is not allowed.

The Department explained that the technical specifications set during the procurement of the PPE sets were based on WHO Standards. Additionally, the PPE sets delivered were inspected, verified, and found to be in order and conformity with the technical specifications set. The DOH did not receive any complaints from healthcare workers on the quality of the PPE sets procured.

The DOH also said that through a whole of government, whole of nation, whole of  society approach, it was able to immediately provide a huge number of  PPE sets to healthcare workers during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The DOH added that it remains accountable and transparent to the public regarding the use of funds.