The Department of Science and Technology approved Friday local handcrafted face masks made by Likhang Maragondon in Cavite.
According to DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña, Likhang Maragondon is a group of sewers in Cavite who made the said handcrafted face masks to be sold in the province as the dangers of the ongoing pandemic is still imminent.
“Nakita nila yung opportunity sa face mask so gumawa sila ng sarili nilang design at naghanap sila ng sarili nilang material at nang marinig nilang malawakan nga ang panawagan para magkaroon ng face mask na medically tested, nagpa-test sila ng kanilang initially ginawang face mask sa DOST Philippine Textile Research Institute,” said Dela Peña.
Named as “Mapagmahal Face Mask”, the handcrafted face masks are made of polyester, its outer layer is made of cotton, and the knitted hyrdrophobic material and hydrophilic materials were used for the mask’s inner layer.
“Ang unang tinetest ay yung water repellency at water absorption. Yung hydropholic, yun yung repellency at yun namang hydrophilic, yun yung pag absorb,” added Dela Peña.
The DOST secretary also reiterated the importance of the said tests. Dela Peña said that through this tests, they would get an assurance that the masks when used will neither absorb nor spread the virus. Included in the series of tests is the air permeability of Likhang Maragondon masks to ensure that ones used, the user would breath nicely.
Last August, the first batch of handcrafted face masks by Likhang Maragondon failed to secure an approval from the DOST as it failed the aforementioned tests. However, with DOST’s suggestions and recommendations in mind, on how to improve the masks, Likhang Maragondon finally got an approval from the agency this September.
“Since they now have the clearance, tumaas ang kanilang demand. Yung kanilang dating 5 tauhan ay lumobo sa 15,” added Dela Peña.
Likhang Maragondon’s Mapagmahal Face Masks, consists of four layers, can be washed 25 times.