ISTR starts production of CHED-funded ethyl alcohol with VCO

Melanie Jimenez, News, Communication Management Office

As part of its continued response against COVID-19, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), through its Institute for Science and Technology Research (ISTR), started the initial production of ethyl alcohol with Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) on March 8, 2021 at the new Engineering Science and Research Laboratory (ESCR). 

With a total of 4.9 million pesos funding from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the ISTR, led by Dr. Armin S. Coronado, expects to produce 200 liters of alcohol for the initial production to ramp up to 12, 000 liters by the end of the month. According to Dr. Coronado, aside from the PUP community, the project will benefit 24 barangays, five (5) hospitals, and two (2) police stations. 

PUP-ISTR has previously produced ethyl alcohol to meet the increased demand for disinfectant during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. Coronado said that they innovated on the formulation and recently added Virgin Coconut Oil because of its anti-viral properties. 

The initial production process of ethyl alcohol with VCO will continue until March 10.

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