Ilang barangay sa Los Baños, Laguna ang nakinabang sa higit 300 bamboo-framed face shields na dinevelop at pinamahagi ng Forest Products Research and Development Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

“What this DOST agency did is to develop and produce products that are needed by frontliners as well as the public who at times have difficult access to needed personal and household use commodities,” ayon sa Facebook post ni Science Sec. Fortunato De La Peña.

Bukod sa mga barangay, binigyan din ng FPRDI ng locally-developed face shields ang University of the Philippines-Los Baños, at rural health units ng munisipalidad at bayan ng Bay, Laguna.

“More batches will be produced and distributed in the coming weeks.”

Sa isang statement sinabi ni FPRDI director Romulo T. Aggangan na ang pag-develop nila ng face shields gamit ang kawayan ay bunsod nang mahigpit na procurement ng mga gamit dahil sa enhanced community quarantine.

Bukod sa face shields, bumuo rin ang naturang tanggapan ng antimicrobial liquid at bar hand soaps.

“Using cinnamon and bamboo activated carbon, with lavender, manila elemi and eucalyptus oil scent. Further studies are being conducted such as bioassay testing and sensory test prior to distribution.”

“What they have developed can in fact be sources of livelihood even during the recovery period,” ayon kay Sec. De La Peña.

“As part of the Los Banos Science Community, the DOST-FPRDI has provided testing service to UPLB by analyzing some personal protective equipment samples (ear guards and face shields) using the Institute’s Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometer.”