GRADUATE students from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) accredited technical vocational institution (TVI) have developed portable handwashing facilities that would help contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Fourteen portable handwashing sinks were built by the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) graduates of the Liceo Excelsis Global Incorporated to augment the need for hygiene facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In partnership with the local government unit of General Santos City, these portable handwashing sinks will be set up in various isolation facilities and at the entry points within the city.
The portable sink has built-in faucet, stainless steel drop-in sink and recyclable drum storage. The materials used were donated by Jane Rivera, wife of city mayor Ronnel Rivera.
Meanwhile, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña lauded the commitment of the volunteers to share their efforts with the local and national government in the fight against the dreaded COVID-19.
"This proves that our partnerships with the local government units and the private sector are crucial in this time of crisis. We hope that the spirit of volunteerism that we have in TESDA will also inspire our kababayan," Lapeña said.
Previously, same SMAW volunteers also built two ‘decontamination and sanitation tents’ which were funded by Senator Manny Pacquiao.
The tents were donated to the Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital to ensure the safety of the people coming in and out of the healthcare facility.
The volunteers said they are willing to produce more if requested and materials are available.