Creativity is not lost in the midst of the pandemic COVID-19 for tin can medium Palaweño artist JC Enon who innovated face shields using plastic bottles so they can be distributed to health workers serving the frontlines in the city.

Enon is leading an 8-man team in making the face shields and as of Sunday, over 200 have already been produced.

He said Monday in an interview with Palawan News that they working on the face shield project in collaboration with young professional male organization JCI Puerto Princesa Oil, Inc., Philippine Red Cross-Palawan Chapter, Motoincan, and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO).

“Since we are expecting that the acetate plastic ay limited sa mga tindahan, we tried to develop this plastic bottle face shields para ng sa ganoon ‘yong mga walang pambili o gahol sa pera ay makabili at makagawa,” Enon said.

Enon said that for now, the innovative face shields they are making are for medical staff and other health personnel and volunteers.

He said their production is based on the demand of active agencies related to COVID-19 threat prevention.

“What we can create is for the prioritized — those who are most needy, iyon ‘yong mga frontliners. Since they defend and protect us, we should also protect them,” he said.

Enon said that they encourage the use of face masks while using their innovative face shields.

He said that the main purpose of producing face shields is to prevent the direct contact of frontliners, particularly to patients under investigations (PUIs).

They encouraged fellow Palaweños to donate clean 1.5 liters of transparent plastic bottles at the Philippine Red Cross-Palawan Chapter Office at H.Mendoza street, Puerto Princesa City.

Enon also shared videos on how Palaweños can have their own face shields.

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(Photos courtesy of JC Enon)

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is one of the senior reporters of Palawan News. She covers agriculture, business, and different feature stories. Her interests are collecting empty bottles, aesthetic earrings, and anything that is color yellow.