To mitigate the spread of the highly contagious Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 through its Integrated Laboratory Division has produced 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, will expand its beneficiaries to other frontliners aside from the agency.

According to Johanna C. Pichay, Chemist III, the WHO formulation requires the use of glycerol as humectant.

In which, 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)