In light of the scarcity of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which serves as our frontliners’ first line of defense, some fashion designers have been pooling in their talent and resources to help manufacture these essential garments.
Fashion for Frontliners is the latest team of local designers to join forces hoping to address this need. The group’s members are Yong Davalos, Steph Tan, Dre Tetangco, Rob Ortega, Jot Losa, Debbie Co, Jill Lao, Vina Romero, Daryl Maat, Rosenthal Tee, and Bessie Besana. The team was formed last March 24, and production swiftly began three days later.
What is "Fashion for Frontliners"?
Fashion for Frontliners is a non-profit group of designers who produce PPEs for donations. The PPEs are made of lightweight and waterproof Taslan fabric. These are not medical-grade protective gear but are medically approved by doctors.
The PPEs are donated to the following hospitals: Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center, Heart Center, Amang Rodriguez Hospital, UERMC, Orthopedic Center, and San Juan Medical Center. The PPEs are not for sale, but the group is accepting orders from hospitals that will be sold at cost.
What the team has achieved so far
According to an announcement made yesterday, March 29, Fashion for Frontliners will be producing 3,000 PPEs over the next two weeks.
Preview.ph also had a chance to catch up with team member Steph Tan, who shared other plans in the works: “At the moment, we are testing for heat disinfection so the PPE can be reused. We are also researching cost-effective versions so we can produce more for our frontliners. Majority of our frontliners have no protection at all. Our PPE suits have been suggested as an alternative to protect our health workers.”
As of 12 noon today, Fashion for Frontliners was able to raise P2,473,312.66 for the production of PPEs.
How you can help:
If you’re looking to support Fashion for Frontliners, you can help in three ways:
1. Spread the word about their efforts.
Follow them on Instagram @fashionforfrontliners and share this with your family and friends.
2. Donate materials.
If you have waterproof fabric, thread, velcro, elastic, or zippers, you can course your donations through Rob Ortega or Jot Losa through the contact numbers below. Please refer to the material specifications below as well.
3. Donate funds.
If you don’t have materials on hand but are looking to donate cash, you can deposit through the BDO, BPI, GCASH, and PayPal accounts indicated below, and coordinate with Steph Tan or Jill Lao.
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