Amid the growing number of active cases of COVID-19, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), through the Research Institute for Science and Technology (RIST) formerly known as Institute for Science and Technology Research (ISTR), distributed locally produced ethyl alcohol with virgin coconut oil on April 8, 2021.
With the help of the Extension Management Office headed by Prof. Zandro T. Estrella and Publication Office headed by Dr. Angelina E. Borican, more than 2,600 liters of locally produced ethyl alcohol with virgin coconut oil (VCO) have been distributed to the PUP community and 24 adapted barangays.
According to RIST Director Dr. Armin S. Coronado, aside from the PUP community and adapted barangays, the University also targets to distribute a local version of ethyl alcohol near hospitals and police departments in the coming weeks.
On March 8, RIST started the initial production of ethyl alcohol with VCO through funding from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). RIST has previously produced ethyl alcohol to meet the increased demand for disinfectants during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. Coronado said that they innovated on the formulation and recently added VCO because of its anti-viral properties. RIST assured that the PUP’s version of ethyl alcohol followed the requirements and standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).