CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga — Clark-based Yokoisada Philippines Corporation (YPC) eyes to manufacture about two million facemasks per month as demand surges due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
YPC President Yuki Yokoi said his firm is only producing at about 20 percent of the total maximum capacity. The company can produce up to 10 million face masks under a full capacity with 300 workers.
“We are hopeful that once the Enhanced Community Quarantine is lifted on April 14, we can produce more face masks,” Yokoi said.
Yokoi in his meeting with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officials said the manufactured facemasks will be distributed to various Philippine hospitals and other pharmaceutical firms to supply the demand and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Currently, YPC has about 100 regular employees and was assured by DTI that additional manpower will be supplied in the coming weeks to reach the full production of facemasks every month. About 50 workers have already been reporting for work.
Yokoi also thanked the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Philippine government for the opportunity to produce the much needed facemasks to help save more lives. CDC has provided transportation for the essential workers of YPC.
“Our company would like to help our frontliners by providing them quality face masks that will be made inside Clark,” Yokoi said. (PIA 3)