DOH says barring of Angel Locsin’s tent donations is fake news


The Department of Health (DOH) said information barring actress Angel Locsin’s tent donations is false. 

Locsin’s UniTent initiative aims to help solve overcrowding in hospitals by setting up additional tents outside public and private hospitals amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

On Monday, she announced that they are no longer accepting cash donations as they have sufficiently funded the initiative already. 

In a televised press briefing on April 12, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the information circulating on social media is not true. She then called on the public to stop creating and sharing false information. 

“Contrary sa lumalabas sa news articles, hindi pinagbawalan ang donation na tents at patuloy siya (Angel) na sumusuporta sa DOH,” Vergeire said. 

She clarified that hospitals like PGH have pulled out misting tents because of the harmful effects of the disinfectants when sprayed directly on humans. However, those tents meant to disinfect health workers in their personal protective equipment (PPEs) are still up. 

On April 10, the DOH announced that misting does more harm than good when the disinfectant is sprayed directly on skin. It can cause skin irritation and development of respiratory side effects. 

DOH also said that Locsin has been following guidelines and protocol when it comes to the supplies and equipment that she has been donating. “Dahil dyan nagpapasalamat tayo sa mga nagbibigay at nagdodonate. Ms. Angel Locsin thank you very much, mabuhay po kayo.”

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