MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Monday (November 8) ordered the lifting of the face shield mandate in the City of Manila.
This was after Moreno signed Executive Order No. 42 declaring the use of face shields as non-mandatory in the capital city, a statement from the Manila government said.
The order, however, does not cover hospital settings, medical clinics, and other medical facilities.
“’Yung inyong mga kahilingan, mga sulat, at messages na pag-aralan mabuti yung paggamit ng face shield, dininig na po ng inyong lingkod,” Domagoso said.
“Ang kailangan na lang nating gawin ay mag face mask para kahit paano maibsan ang inyong gastusin araw-araw dahil sa face shield na yan,” the local chief executive added.
The Executive Order cited a report that Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that many members of the Inter-Agency Tasked Force (IATF) favored the removal of face shields as a requirement.
It also noted the de-escalation of the alert level status of the National Capital Region, particularly in the City of Manila, last November 4.
The statement further mentioned Domagoso’s earlier appeal to the national government “to drop its face shield policy as it only adds to the expenses of the general public amid the COVID-19 pandemic” and “must focus on the procurement of medicines such as Tocilizumab and Remdesivir.”
“Rest assured na kapag bumuti nang bumuti ang sitwasyon sa tulong ng taong bayan ay luluwag ng luluwag. Bibilisan lang natin ang ating kilos, tingin ko mapupunta na tayo sa new normal,” Domagoso said.
The local chief executive directed the Bureau of Permit and Licenses Office, the Manila Barangay Bureau, the Manila Health Department, and hospital directors to affect the information dissemination and strict implementation of the order which shall take effect immediately. —/mbmf