Fashion designers step up to fill need for protective suits for COVID-19 frontliners

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) — Fashion designers are joining forces to design and make protective suits customized for frontliners in the country's battle against COVID-19.

Designer Mich Dulce says she and other members of the industry have volunteered to form the Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club to design and produce personal protective equipment or PPEs for medical workers.

With over 800 members as of posting, the group aims to produce PPEs which will be distributed to medical workers through the Office of the Vice President.

In an Instagram post, Dulce called for monetary, fabric and material donations that her group can use to create reusable and disposable protective suits, as well as face mask filters.

Rajo Laurel shared via a separate Instagram post a prototype of an alternative gear that he himself designed.

Michael Leyva also posted photos of him and his team creating alternative PPEs, head covers and masks which will soon be up for donation.

Other designers are also echoing calls to their colleagues in the industry to take part in distributing materials and creating designs for PPEs to be delivered to health workers.

“To all my colleagues in the design industry. May I appeal for everyone’s help in making masks and lab gowns from non-woven and water repellent materials and donate them to the nearest hospital fighting the virus. Our healthworkers and frontliners will soon run out of these,” JC Buendia tweeted.

“Does anyone know where we could get materials for PPE suits? Would love to help produce for our frontliners. Any direction or donations would be of great help,” Patty Ang said via Instagram.

Medical workers across the country have been asking for additional PPEs they need in their tasks amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Wednesday, the OVP said that it has donated 23,475 PPE sets to health workers in Metro Manila and other provinces.

The OVP also appealed to the public to donate more PPEs by visiting this link.

Donors can also send their donation thru PayMaya and Lazada.

The Health Department has reported that over 500 people in the Philippines have contracted COVID-19, with 35 fatalities to date. A total of 20 people have already recovered from the infection.