MTCI PPE production:
Rising to the Challenge
“Rising to the Challenge” is old adage which means to do something successfully in an extremely difficult situation
The Muntinlupa City Technical Institute (MCTI) did just that as they took on the herculean task of sewing 3,099 overall personal protective equipment (PPE) for health personnel at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 2,000 PPE sets went to the city-run Ospital ng Muntinlupa.
According to MCTI director Francisco Santella, they were thrust into the emergency and sprang into action by mobilizing displaced workers from Southville 3 for the task. Lingkod Muntinlupa Foundation donated raw materials microfibers and accessories worth about P 400,000, while the city government provided the labor cost for the 30-day employment program.
The school was also commissioned by Vivere Hotel to sew 100 tailor-fit, color-coded PPE and facemask sets for its staff for only P 350.
This undertaking has also opened doors of opportunity for the school to receive production orders from hotels, restaurants, companies and establishments which has face-to-face transactions with customers.
Because of its remarkable response to the medical emergency, the MCTI is being eyed to sew 1 million pieces of Department of Health-approved microfiber facemasks for mass distribution to the city’s residents. The project is expected to provide temporary jobs to about 100 sewers.
Established to provide technical education and industrial skills to local residents, the school is a local government-run technical vocational institution accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
With the realization of their capability of rising to challenge of even during the worst of times, MCTI officials are exploring the prospects of the City Council amending the school’s mandate to allow them to engage in production of goods on top of providing skills training to Muntinlupeños and all those who enter its gates.