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DA-10's Integrated Lab produces 70% ethyl alcohol

Philippine Information Agency
28 Mar 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 28 - To mitigate the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 through its Integrated Laboratory Division is producing 70 percent ethyl alcohol with moisturizer for its frontline personnel.

Recognizing the limited supply and high cost of disinfectants in light of the COVID-19 crisis in the country, the agency's chemist prepared the World Health Organization's (WHO)-recommended handrub formulation.

DA-10 OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said that the alcohol will be used by DA-10 frontline personnel and eventually expand its beneficiaries to other frontliners.

According to Johanna C. Pichay, Chemist III, the World Health Organization (WHO) formulation requires the use of glycerol as humectant.

DA-10 owes to Pilipinas Kao, Inc. through their Vice-President Resident Head for Plant Operation Engr. Alexander Y. Linog for donating glycerol to the agency.

Pichay added that the first batch of formulation she has prepared will be made available after 72 hours. (ATCabig/DA10)

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