NCR mayors open to optional/voluntary use of face shields; DOH says “Wait Lang!”

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THE different mayors of the National Capital Region (NCR) were in agreement to make wearing of facial shields an option or voluntary, whose use was earlier made as mandatory as added protection to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In an interview, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos said that the mayors wanted its mandatory use only when in hospitals, health centers and while inside public transportation.

“We’ve already talked about the face shield. Number 1, I will propose to the IATF not to make the wearing of face shields mandatory, except when in critical places,” according to Abalos.

The City of Manila earlier released an executive order to make wearing of face shields voluntary except when in hospitals and medical facilities.

But the Department of Health (DOH) told local government units (LGUs) to wait.

The DOH said it will have to make recommendations first to the IATF whether the obligatory use of face shields will be removed or retained.

DOH Spokesperson Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are still finalizing their recommendations, which they will present to the IATF on Thursday.

We have committed to the IATF that by Thursday we will be presenting to them an updated recommendation for the use of face shield,” Vergeire explained.

But while they are waiting for the decision of the IATF with regard to the use of face shields, Vergeire appealed to the LGUs to just wait first and delay the implementation of any ordinance or executive order that will say that wearing of face shields is optional.

We urged all local governments to hold their executive orders or issuances so that we can be all uniform in our implementation and we are all aligned,” the DOH official added.

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