The City Government of Manila reached on Monday, November 16, the one million face masks target under their Face Masks Sewing Livelihood Program.

The said program of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO)-Manila started in June as a livelihood project for master cutters and seamstress while the city was still under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. The masks were immediately turned over to the respective barangays in Manila to be distributed to their constituents for free.

About 305 seamstress (mix of work from home and UDM-based) and 10 master cutter were hired for this program, with an additional seven jeepney drivers that drives the seamstress and master cutters to UDM and back to their home.

During the Monday’s flag ceremony, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso announced that an additional 500,000 face masks will be made for the Manilenos in order to provide more job opportunities for seamstresses, master cutters people with serious illness or disability, and senior citizens.

Production of the face masks is located at Universidad de Manila (UDM), while PESO-Manila also adopted a “work-from-home” work setting for senior citizens, and to those qualified people who have their own sewing machines at home.

PESO-Manila Director Fernan Bermejo thanked UDM President Malou Tiquia for lending them rooms where sewing machines and cutting tables are located.Director Bermejo also thanked the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau Personnel and Office of the Mayor’s staff who were in charge for the delivery of the face masks in the barangays. —JKG(Pubmat by Charlene Santiago/MPIO)