JAKARTA, INDONESIA-BAGAMAN sinira-siraan, pinagpasa pasahan at hindi pinansin sa sariling bayan ipinagpatuloy pa rin ang hangaring makatulong mawakasan ang umiiral na pandemya na bumibiktima hindi lang sa sarili nitong bansa kundi pati sa buong daigdig.

Walang kuskos balungos na inasikaso at tinanggap ng pamahalaan ng bansang ito ang Fabunan Antiviral Injection (FAI) at kasalukuyang nasa clinical trial na ang nasabing paraan upang mawakasan ang pananalasa ng Corona Virus o COVID-19.

Tinanggap ng Ministri ng kalusugan ng bansang Indonesia sina Dr. Willy Fabunan at G. Mario Marcos sa pamamagitan ng imbitasyon ni Dr. Agusdini Banun Saptaningsih Apt., MARS- ang Direktor ng Pharmaceutical Production and Distribution bahagi ng Kementerian Kesehatan Republik Indonesia (Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia) Direktorat Jenderal Kefarmasian Dan Alat Kesehatan (Directorate General of Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices).

Ayon kay G. Marcos, mula sa kanyang facebook post, nauna munang makipag online meeting muna sa kanila ang Ministri ng Kalusugan ng Indonesia bago sila pinapunta sa bansang ito upang mag present ng Fabunan Antiviral Injection.

Dahil nasa clinical trial na ang FAI ngayon sa bansang ito at inaasahan nilang agad ng magagamit para wakasan ang COVID-19 sa bansang ito, nasa pipeline nina Dr. Fabunan ang mga bansang Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan at Italy sa mga susunod na aalukin nila para sa kanilang teknolohiyang medikal kontra COVID-19.

Sina Dr. Fabunan ay pamilya ng mga doktor at may rehistrado at establisadong Pharmaceutical Company na naka base sa Estados Unidos ng Amerika at nakilala sa paglikha ng mga gamot kontra at pag aaral ukol sa mga viruses at malalang sakit na dulot ng mga ito..

Mula sa detalye buhat kay G. Mario Marcos at Mj Balaguer ng DZMJ Online///Abdul malik bin ismail, +639262261791, abdulmalikbinismail685@gmail.com


A ‘Healthypreneur’ turns his restaurant into Community Kitchen for frontliners

Volunteerism is a priceless act that no amount of money or property can pay off. As the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was implemented due to the COVID-19 threat, thousands of volunteers stood up to back frontliners while they are fighting to protect the masses from this pandemic. Thus, let us turn the pages of the books to look at stories of a different set of heroes.

A volunteer’s vegan restaurant turns into a Community Kitchen

Mr. Elmer Macalingay and staff are among the thousand brave and passionate volunteers who were not threatened by COVID-19. He owns the Health 101 Restoreant in Baguio City and Health 100 in La Trinidad, which he converted into a Community Kitchen to cater healthy foods for the frontliners since the implementation of the Luzon-wide ECQ.

Through Mr. Macalingay’s leadership, the Community Kitchen has initiated a call for a donations drive for vegetables and other food supplies. From the donations, his team has been preparing and delivering free lunch to more than 300 frontliners in La Trinidad, Benguet for 51 days.

The Community Kitchen has signed off on May 15, when ECQ in Benguet has finally been lifted and classified as one of the areas to undergo General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until May 31, 2020.

The rise of a ‘healthypreneur

One cannot wonder why Mr. Macalingay is so eager in helping frontliners during their war on to COVID-19 as he has been one of the health and nutrition advocates in the Cordillera region. This advocacy has driven him into establishing vegetarian stores and restaurants.

Health 100 Restoreant is a vegan restaurant and health products store that was established in 2009. It is a single proprietorship company owned by Mr. Elmer Macalingay, who associated the name of the restaurant to the numeral 100 with longevity. Further, from the words rest, resto, restore, store and ant, a “Restoreant” was established so that one could rest, get a homey atmosphere; and one’s health could be restored with their simple and natural foods.

There are also healthy processed products being sold in the store like vegetarian meats, organic vegetables, and teas. One could see the owner and his staff working busy and happy like ants, the firm’s model.

Moreover, the firms’ baked products being served was outsourced from a home-based baker. Eventually, it started with a locally fabricated small oven positioned in one of the corners of the restaurant’s kitchen. It first introduced cinnamon followed by banana bread.

The hand-mixed cinnamon was selling like hotcakes and that prompted them to upgrade their oven to a two- decker oven (8-trays). This also encouraged them to transfer to a wider space to enable them to expand their product lines. From breads, they added bars and soon cakes.

As the firm continues to grow, Mr. Macalingay did not think twice to ask assistance from DOST- CAR’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) in 2014 in order to upgrade its equipment and increase productivity. This inspired the firm to further upgrade its production process and upgrade its equipment through 2nd phase of SETUP assistance in 2019.

Empowered with S&T, the new Health 100

Through the SETUP assistance and determination of the firm to improve its business, he has innovated additional product lines from nine (9) to 61 kinds of assorted baked products. They also employed four (4) additional workers for the Bakeshop and generate additional 4 market outlets within Baguio City and La Trinidad Benguet. The firm also improved in terms of administration, production and, production lay-out, materials management, market strategy and finance strategy through the DOST’s MPEX program conducted in 2015.

Mr. Macalingay’s efforts in promoting healthy lifestyle through his business ideas has been recognized by several government agencies. For one, he has been awarded as the Benguet’s Best SETUP Adoptor in 2019. He also continues to serve as resource speaker in activities for MSMEs in the region and beyond.


[ Thursday, June 04, 2020 8:26 AM ] Beth Padilla 2: DOST-PTRI REwear™ Face Mask: The Smart Protective Barrier to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19

With the Taal volcano eruption in January of this year and the current COVID-19 pandemic, different kinds of face masks became in demand for the sense of protection and security it provides to its wearers. Most of the protective masks available in the market are single-use and with the cases of COVID-19 continuing to increase, the gap between the supply and demand for has also continued to widen.

As a response to this need, the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PTRI), in collaboration with private companies, namely: Power Fashion Foundation/NE Noveau Star, Saffron Philippines Incorporated, Reliance Producers Coop, D&L Industries and Chemrez Technologies, Inc., teamed up to produce 500,000 pieces of reusable, washable, and re-wearable face masks as a quick response action to the ongoing pandemic situation brought by COVID-19. It is branded as REwear, Face Mask Made Smart.

COVID-19 virus and other respiratory diseases can be transmitted by respiratory droplets over a short distance through direct contact with infected persons. Wearing a mask offers protection against such diseases by providing a barrier between the wearer and the liquid droplets. A face mask is a loose-fitting device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. If worn properly, a face mask can help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter that may contain viruses and microbes from reaching one’s mouth and nose.

The REwear mask is a product that combines the best features of various types of face masks to ensure that appropriate protection, breathability, fit, and reusability of each mask will be maximized. It is a two-piece, three to four-layer mask. It is also fully detachable with the outer layer as the first piece, made of water-repellent fabric, and the inner layer as the second piece, made of absorbent fabric.

Through the water-repellent textile finishing technology developed by the Institute, the fabric is rendered impermeable to liquid. When used, liquid droplets that may carry microbes will just slide down the REwear mask thereby protecting the wearer.

It is breathable and designed for a close fit to ensure comfort and protection. More importantly, it is reusable which can be used up to 50 times if washed according to the guidelines provided. One REwear mask is equivalent to 50 disposable masks thus, the 500,000 pieces to be produced will mean 25 million reductions in the need for masks.

It is recommended to be used by the following people:
• People who care for patients with respiratory infection symptoms
• People visiting clinics or hospitals
• Workers handling food
• Public transport operations staff
• People in crowded or poorly ventilated places

As a commitment to public service, the REwear Face Masks are produced and for distribution to national government agencies, frontliners and back support.

DOST-PTRI also developed a Face Mask Resource Kit – a guide to making a DIY cloth mask with links to studies on the effectiveness of face masks, and instructional videos. In addition, A Face Mask Tech Pack is available and includes patterns of four (4) mask designs and assembly How-To’s to help anyone interested to make said face masks.

For more information, visit our website and click on the Face Mask Resource Kit at http://www.ptri.dost.gov.ph/images/Face_Mask_Resource_Kit.pdf and Face Mask Tech Pack at http://ptri.dost.gov.ph/index.php/286 or email the DOST-PTRI Technology Transfer, Information and Promotion Staff at tips.ptri@gmail.com