CLARK FREEPORT— A locator-firm inside this Freeport is hoping to produce about two million face masks a month in view of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon (ECQ)
With lack of manpower, Yokoisada Philippines Corporation (YPC) will boost its production as the demand for personal protective equipment (PPEs) including surgical face masks has increased the past weeks.
YPC President Yuki Yokoi said that his firm is only producing at about 20 percent of the total maximum capacity. The company can produce up to 10 million face masks under a full capacity with 300 workers.
“We are hopeful that once the ECQ is lifted on April 14, we can produce more face masks,” Yokoi said.
Yokoi in his meeting with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officials said that the manufactured face masks will be distributed to various Philippine hospitals and other pharmaceutical firms to supply the demand and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease.
Currently, YPC has about 100 regular employees and was assured by DTI that additional manpower will be supplied in the coming weeks to reach the full production of face masks every month. About 50 workers have already been reporting for work.
Yokoi also thanked the Clark Development Corporation and the Philippine Government for the opportunity to produce the much needed face masks to help save more lives. CDC has provided transportation for the essential workers of YPC.
“Our company would like to help our frontliners by providing them quality face masks that will be made inside Clark,” Yokoi said.