Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III expressed his gratitude to the Philippine Navy frontliners who sailed to Xiamen, China to pick up a shipment of 23,385 boxes of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) ordered by the Philippine government for its health frontliners.

“Commander Rogelio Lachica and the brave sailors of the BRP Bacolod City, Philippine Navy deserve praise and gratitude for undertaking this mission during difficult times. Those PPEs are essential to protecting our heroic health frontliners from COVID-19,” Duque said.

Duque also reiterated that occupational health and safety of health frontliners is a top priority of the Department of Health and the Duterte administration in the fight against COVID-19.

Last month, the Department of Health announced a partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP) to locally produce an additional 300,000 PPE coveralls per month.

“We are committed to providing all Filipino doctors, nurses, and other healthcare heroes with adequate supplies of PPEs despite the global shortage brought about by the global pandemic,” Duque said.

Duque also praised the efforts of private individuals and charitable organizations, whom he said have done “noble work in helping us deal with the realities of the global PPE shortage.”

“The generous number of PPEs created and delivered by good samaritans to hospitals across the Philippines is a moving testament to the bayanihan spirit of our people,” the Secretary said.