The Philippine Navy through Naval Sea Systems Command (NSSC) personnel in Cavite City have started to make face shields to be used by our fleet-marine troops as an alternate offset on the ongoing shortage of supplies for protective personnel equipment in this “enhanced community quarantine” period.
NSSC initiated to produced do-it-yourself (DIY) face shields that started yesterday, March 25 in an effort to support the PN frontliners. A total of 470 pieces of face shields made from transparency film, foam, garter and double-sided tape were produced from their available materials. Said items will be given to Naval Task Group-NCR for proper distribution. Accordingly, an estimated of 400 pieces of facemask were consumed daily by the deployed troops.
NSSC commander, Rear Admiral Rommel Jason Galang stated that this effort serves as their support and gratitude to the frontliners for their hardwork and sacrifices. He said, “We wanted to support our frontliners by creating something that they can use in the fight against COVID-19. We also worry for their safety amidst the dwindling availability of protective equipment, this is why we thought of creating our own face shields.”
“NASSCOM may be mandated to repair and maintain ships and weapons but at times like this, we heed the call to serve the people who serve us first. We salute their courage and dedication,” he added.
The Philippine Navy will continue to come up with its ingenuity and innovation in order to support and protect its frontliners as they perform their duties amid the threat of the COVID19. NAVY.MIL.PH