UP Visayas students stranded in lockdown volunteer to make improvised face shields for health workers

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UP Visayas Students improvised face shields
Stranded UP Visayas students volunteered to make improvised face shields. Photos courtesy of Adrian Camposagrado.

University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas students, who were unable to go home due to lockdowns and canceled flights, volunteered to make improvised face shields to be used by health professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Iloilo.

Instead of staying all day in their dormitories, students of UP Visayas in Miag-ao, Iloilo, helped in making mass-produced improvised face shields using craft foam, acetate sheets, velcro, scissors, stapler, scotch tape, and double-sided tape funded by the Philippine College of Physicians – Visayas Chapter.

UP Visayas student Adrian Camposagrado uploaded photos of students who are volunteering to do the work on March 17, 2020.

“Let this be our contribution to one of the most vulnerable sectors in times of health crisis. The health sector needs more help and protection than ever! Salamat sa patuloy na pagseserbisyo sa masang Pilipino, maam sers sa mga ospital, kilinika at mga kabaranggayan!” Camposagrado said.

“Ang mga taga-UP palaging lumalaban para sa bayan. Padayon, mga Iskolar! 🌻 Let’s flatten the curve together! #SerbisyongMedikal” Hannah Labrador, UPV student said.

“Salute to these volunteers who gave their time and effort in order to aid our frontliners. Tuloy pa ‘rin ang laban, mga Iskolar. 🌻 #SerbisyongMedikal,” she added.

Hannah also shared two versions on how to make improvised face shields.

FOR VERSION 1:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
craft foam, acetate sheets, velcro, scissors, stapler, scotch tape, and double-sided tape

STEPS:
1. CUT CRAFT FOAM INTO A4 SIZES.
2. ROLL CRAFT FOAM CROSSWISE
3. SECURE ROLLED CRAFT FOAM WITH TAPE
4. POSITION DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE IN THE UPPER PART OF THE ACETATE (LANDSCAPE)
5. ATTACH THE ROLLED CRAFT FOAM O THE ACETATE. DO NOT ATTACH THE CRAFT FOAM TO THE VERY EDGE OF THE ACETATE. LEAVE AT LEAST 1.5 INCH SPACE ON TOP.
6. USING A STAPLER, ATTACH AT LEAST 9 IN OF VELCRO TAPE ON EACH SIDE OF THE ACETATE. MAKE SURE THAT ONE SIDE HAS THE LOOP (SOFT) SIDE OF THE VELCRO AND THE OTHER SIDE HAS THE HOOK (ROUGH) SIDE.

FOR VERSION 2:
YOU’LL NEED THE FOLLOWING:
1. RUBBER SOLE (OPTIONAL)
2. 1-INCH THICK FOAM
3. ELASTIC BAND (GARTER)
4. PVC SHEET
5. SCISSORS
6. STAPLER
7. SCOTCH TAPE
8. DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE
9. GLUE

STEPS:
1. CUT RUBBER INTO 1.5 IN X 10 IN. WIDE. IF YOU HAVE NO RUBBER SOLE, START AT STEP 2.
2. CUT THE 1 IN-THICK FOAM INTO THE SAME HEIGHT (1.5 IN. HIGH X 10 IN. WIDE)
3. GLUE RUBBER SOLE AND FOAM TOGETHER AND/OR SECURE TOGETHER WITH TAPE. IF YOU HAVE NO RUBBER SOLE PROCEED TO STEP 4.
4. POSITION DOUBLE SIDED TAPE ON THE UPPER PART OF THE PVC SHEET. ACETATE SHEET MAY BE USED AS ALTERNATIVE.
5. ATTACH THE FOAM ON THE PVC SHEET. DO NOT ATTACH THE FOAM ON THE VERY EDGE OF THE PVC SHEET. LEAVE AT LEAST 1.5 INCH SPACE ON TOP.
6. USING A STAPLER, ATTACH BOTH ENDS OF A 12-INCH ELASTIC BAND (GARTER) TO OPPOSITE EDGES OF THE PVC SHEET ALIGNED WITH THE FOAM YOU MAY USE VELCRO AS ALTERNATIVE TO ELASTIC BAND. SEE THE NEXT STEP.
7. USING A STAPLER, ATTACH AT LEAST 9 IN OF VELCRO TAPE ON EACH SIDE OF THE PVC SHEET. MAKE SURE THAT ONE SIDE HAS THE LOOP (SOFT) SIDE OF THE VELCRO AND THE OTHER HAS THE HOOK (ROUGH) SIDE IF YOU HAVE NO RUBBER COLE, YOU MAY ATTACH THE FOAM DIRECTLY ON THE PVC SHEET.

Check out this video shared by Hannah Labrador and posted by Tracy Boston:

Face shields for health workers fabricated by a Batangas State University (BatStateU) FabLab laboratory using 3D printing technology have been optimized through a vacuum forming method that reduced production time to just 6 minutes per item.

Puerto Princesa-based iCARES Earth Hero Awardee, JC Enon, designed Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Face Shields using plastic bottles or acetate and a few other materials and uploaded the YouTube instructional videos for free and public use.

The country’s longest-running noontime program, Eat Bulaga handed over three 3D printers to the UST during the Juan for All, All for Juan segment where hosts usually give away livelihood packages to the lucky winners.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to UP Visayas students showing the way on how to be productive while helping frontliners even while on lockdown.

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