A Teacher in Clark Makes his Own Alcohol to Donate to Frontliners
By JULES VIVAS
FORMULA OF HOPE From left to right: Rohit Tilwani of PSHS together with his lab assistant Mia Q. Garcia, and PSHS school nurse Hazel Marie B. Calma formulates a 70 percent ethyl alcohol distributed to local and private hospitals in Pampanga
A real life MacGyver, chemistry teacher Rohit Tilwani of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) inside Clark Freeport, was able to create ethyl alcohol using the available supply of the campus laboratory.
Rohit made 60 bottles of 500 milliliter ethyl alcohol and donated them to some hospitals in Pampanga, as well as to police personnel manning the checkpoints in the area.
The main recipient of the disinfectant solution was the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Medical Center in the City of San Fernando, the designated regional hospital for Covid-19 patients. Meanwhile, the Rafael Lazatin Medical Center in Angeles City (formerly Ospital Ning Angeles-ONA), also received some of the alcohol.
He was not alone in the endeavor. Rohit was assisted by his colleagues, school nurse Hazel Marie Calma and lab assistant Mia Garcia. They were able to formulate the diluted alcohol from the 100 percent alcohol solution intended for student experiments.
Rohit meets with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Health and Sanitation Division (HSD) Manager Dr. Clemencita Dobles to talk about their donation of PSHS’ self-formulated ethyl alcohol that will be distributed to public and private hospitals in Pampanga
“Rather than being left unutilized, we put it to good use. We hope it could help prevent the spread of the virus,” the licensed chemist said.
They also gave several bottles of alcohol to police staff at check points in the cities of San Fernando and Angeles, and the municipality of Magalang, as well as to Public Safety Department of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) personnel assigned at the Freeport’s main gate.
A CDC Public Safety personnel received the donated ethyl alcohol
Rohit also disclosed that they formulated 33 bottles of 500 ml each of disinfectant solution and distributed it in Barangay Marcos Village in Mabalacat City. It is intended as surface spray on door knobs, handles, tables, and the like.
“We hope to be able to produce more until our supplies are exhausted,” the laboratory head said.
Moreover, the teacher disclosed that they are producing 3D-printed face shields for frontliners like doctors, nurses, and other health workers. About 200 pieces have been made and readied for distribution next week. The face shield is made up of acetate, plastics, and filaments.
Bottles of alcohol handed out to hospitals, checkpoints, and CDC Public Safety personnel stationed in the Freeport
Aside from the alcohol, disinfectant, and face shields, the school also donated N-95 masks to Mt. Carmel Hospital inside the Freeport. The masks were sourced from the emergency kits of the students of PSHS.
PSHS is under the direction of the campus director Theresa Anne Diaz.