Filipino designs for face masks released for public use during quarantine

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REwear face masks designed by DOST-PTRI use textile-coating technology for treatment and finishing. Photo from DOST.

Good news to all face mask DIYers and manufacturers, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) has released four designs of face masks for public use during the community quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus disease in the Philippines.

As face masks remain to be a requirement for people leaving their homes to do essential work or tasks outside as several areas in the country undergo different levels of quarantine, the demand for personal protective equipment is expected to also rise.

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DOST-PTRI’s response to the need is to release on May 13, 2020, the Tech Pack detailed guide on how to create the approved designs of Face Masks.

The Face Mask Resource Kit includes patterns of the following 4 mask designs using Water repellent fabric (Outer Layer) and Absorbent fabric (Inner layer):

1. Curve Style face mask
2. Traditional Pleated Rectangle Design
3. 2 Piece 4 Layered Curved Style face mask
4. Santi Obcena’s face mask design

For the complete guide, here is the link.

The 4 Face Mask designs of DOST-PTRI.

DOST-PTRI had earlier developed the REwear Face Mask that is washable up to 50 times. The mask undergoes water-repellency, toxicity, fluid resistance, bacterial filtration efficiency, particle filtration efficiency, breathability, and flammability testing.

Caraga State University (CSU) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) had also developed a cloth face mask filter and a 3D-printed face mask to make the wearing of washable face masks safer as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The Department of Science and Technology – Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) is solving the PPE material supply shortage due to the lockdown by developing face shields made from local bamboo.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to DOST for releasing the designs for face masks to help people cope with the need for PPEs.

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