Local PPE makers ask for more gov’t support

August 14, 2020

The Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines and the Confederation of Philippine Manufacturers of PPE have appealed to the government to provide more support to local manufacturers of medical-grade personal protective equipment  through the Bayanihan 2.

“We would like to request the critical support of (the) government to provide a sustainable environment for this sub-sector to grow, an emerging sub-sector critical to meet the national need for medical-grade PPE during (a) health crisis,” CONWEP and CPMP said in a joint statement.

They also called for the imposition of duties, taxes, and other fees, to include VAT on local sales on imported PPE; the retroactive application of capital equipment exemptions on import and duties, and exemption on VAT on local sales treated as exports to cover the period from the time Bayanihan 1 expired; and prioritizing Philippine-made medical-grade PPE in government procurement.

“We request our legislators to implement fiscal policy reforms that would allow the local PPE industry to grow and be sustainable. We need to level off the playing field from the influx of substandard PPE,” the groups said.

For CPMP alone, the group is producing over 57 million pieces of masks and three million pieces of coveralls and isolation gowns, which products passed the highest standard requirements.

Its repurposing initiatives saved 7,450 jobs during the pandemic and invested more than $35 million for the past three months.

CPMP is composed of Medtecs International Corp. Ltd., EMS Components Assembly Inc., Reliance Producers Cooperative, Luen Thai International Group Philippines Inc., and Tacca Industries Pty Ltd from Australia.

CONWEP, on the other one, is the first group that locally produced medical-grade coveralls.