Since the onset of 2020, even before COVID-19, there has been a demand surge for face masks, initially triggered by the Taal Volcanic Eruption. Stores have faced shortages due to the demand and the pandemic-induced panic buying.
The LGU's Gender and Development Office, in collaboration with the Biñan Garments and Training Center, provided livelihood opportunities for their people by producing 5,000 reusable face masks.
They supported 12 in-house workers and 113 home-based sewers, producing 250,821 reusable face masks and 2,000 sets of personal protective equipment for Ospital ng Biñan.
Guideline 1: Use social media to reach interested volunteers.
Mayor Walfredo Dimaguila, Jr., called for volunteers through the LGU Facebook page, which helped them gather more than a hundred in-house and home-based volunteers.
Guideline 2: Look for ways to tackle several problems in one project.
Through the creation of masks, not only did the LGU provided a livelihood for their residents, but they also addressed the scarcity of face masks for both residents and healthcare workers in the community.