CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga, Philippines - With skyrocketing demand for face masks, following a change of experts views on their merit, has prompted a company in the Philippines to begin manufacturing millions of masks a month.
Clark-based Yokoisada Philippines Corporation (YPC) says it is looking to manufacture about two million face masks per month because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic-induced surge in demand.
YPC President Yuki Yokoi said his firm is only producing at about 20 percent of the total maximum capacity. The company says it can produce up to 10 million face masks under a full capacity with 300 workers.
"We are hopeful that once the Enhanced Community Quarantine is lifted on April 14, we can produce more face masks," Yokoi said Saturday.
Yokoi in his meeting with Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officials said 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.
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 fifty workers have already been reporting for work.
Yokoi thanked the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Philippine government for the opportunity to produce the face masks. CDC says it 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.