By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
The Department of Science & Technology (DOST) here donated about 2,000 face shields to public hospitals as well as 25 local government units in the province amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOST Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon turned over the face shields to the provincial government through Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henrissa Calumpang for distribution to Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) and district and community hospitals in the province.
According to Arbon, DOST aims to mass-produce the face shields for free distribution to frontliners and medical personnel in this time of pandemic.
Arbon said DOST supports the needs of medical frontliners and other health workers nationwide.
Initially, the department has only produced 50 face shields per day through the 3D printing technologies housed in the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMCen) in Bicutan, Taguig City.
To augment the production, the center shifted to plastic injection technology carried out in cooperation with technology partners such as the Omnifab, Inc., a 3D printing company that fabricated the first mold and the Megasamsotite in San Pedro, Laguna that offered its facilities for mass production.
The other mold for the face shield frames was fabricated at the Die and Mold Solution Center (DMSC), a facility of the DOST Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC).
The transition from 3D printing to plastic injection technology increased the production by up to 5,000 pieces of face shield frames per day.
Responding to the country’s need for supplies of protective personal equipment (PPEs) specifically face shields, the DOST-MIRDC initiated the mass production of these medical face shields in May this year.