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DTI seeks 5M masks, but no supplier yet

/ 03:28 AM February 04, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry wants five million masks, but still can’t find a country willing to supply that many.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said he had ordered the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC), a DTI-attached agency, to source five million masks “to augment the local supply, especially the needs of the Department of Health and other health workers.”

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The problem, however, is that PITC has been having difficulty looking for a country that will supply the face masks.

Lopez said they had so far asked India, Pakistan, the United States, and the European Union, but to no avail.—Roy Stephen C. Canivel

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