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Designers, volunteers from fashion industry to produce PPEs, masks for COVID-19 frontliners

Who ever said fashion was just for art?

Designers and volunteers from the fashion industry are now working together to produce personal protective equipment (PPE), head covers, and masks for the frontliners battling the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, renowned Pinoy fashion designer Michael Leyva shared photos of himself and his team hard at work as they produced countless of supplies.

"MABUHAY po kayo at Salamat sa dedikasyon at pagmamahal sa ating bayan," he told frontliners. "This wouldn’t have been possible without my team’s dedication and willingness to help."

Meanwhile, a group of volunteers from the fashion industry created "Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club," dedicated to helping with the production of PPEs which will then be distributed via the Office of the Vice President.

Fashion designer Mich Dulce shared on her Facebook page the club's call for monetary and garment donations to help in the production.

Healthcare workers, along with service workers and other citizens risking their lives to stop the spread of the virus, find themselves more vulnerable to the disease with the depleting supply of protective equipment.

The Department of Health said there is a global shortage of PPEs as many countries battle the spread of COVID-19.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Philippines has 552 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 35 deaths and 20 recoveries. --Kaela Malig/MGP, GMA News