Press Release
September 24, 2021

Pharmally employee tells Hontiveros: Soiled, substandard face shields delivered to HCWs


Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday presented a video of a Pharmally employee alleging that 'soiled and substandard' face shields meant for doctors and health care workers are currently being supplied by the company to the government.

"Dehado na nga sa mga benepisyo, dehado pa rin pala ang ating HCWs sa kanilang protective equipment. Walang sinasanto ang kasakimang ito," Hontiveros said.

In a video Hontiveros presented before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, the employee said he was a warehouse staff hired just recently.

He revealed that Pharmally instructed them to replace the certificates of face shields dated 2020 with new certificates dated 2021. He claimed this practice was still running when he was hired last August until September this year.

"Yung mga nakalagay dun sa certificate nya, is production date po nya, is year 2020 pa. Then, ang pinapagawa sa amin is palitan po sya ng certificate na updated this year. Ang nag-utos sa amin na palitan yun ay si Ma'am Krizle Grace Mago," the employee said.

"Kahit po yupi-yupi yung mga face shield, yupi-yupi na yung mga boxes, kahit po may mga dumi, pinaparepack pa rin po sa amin nina ma'am ... kahit naninilaw, kahit basa-basa na po, yung iba po dun, nababasa gawa po ng tulo sa warehouse," the employee added.

Hontiveros said, based on the witness' statements, Mago seems to be in the frontlines of Pharmally's dubious activities. Mago was also the person who exchanged messages with the senator's previous source, in which Mago said that Pharmally had delivered two million face masks in advance without the PS-DBM employee's knowledge.

"Hindi na nga nabibigyan sa tamang oras ang mga hazard pay ng health care workers, inilalagay pa pala sila sa panganib dahil sa substandard na health supplies. It is criminal that we're being supplied poor quality products that may have cost many of our frontliners' lives," Hontiveros concluded.

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