Locally-made products will be prioritized in the government’s procurement to help local industries severely affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.
Nograles said the recently-signed “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” or “Bayanihan 2” includes procurement provisions that give preference to locally-made products, including construction materials for government infrastructure projects.
“Our call is buy local, buy Filipino – suportahan natin ang sariling atin,” he said during a Facebook live session.
He emphasized the importance of supporting Filipino businesses, particularly micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help save jobs and revive the economy.
“At this point we are talking about how to get our economy back on its feet; one of the best ways is to buy Filipino,” he added.
Nograles, meanwhile, advised the public to report manufacturers taking advantage of the “buy local” campaign by mislabeling their products and passing them off as Philippine-made to the Department of Trade and Industry.
“DTI knows what it has to do. It is unfortunate that there are those who do this, pero di dapat sila makalusot. Bawal ang mislabeling. There are laws against that,” he said.
The DTI is also urging institutions to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) gears and other medical items from local manufacturers.
Local manufacturers are now able to produce 60 million face masks and 3.2 million pieces of medical-grade coveralls, 6,050 pieces of ventilators, and 60,000 pieces of infrared thermometers per month.