Iloilo City Gets It: Face Shields Are No Longer Required

Iloilo City's Sangguniang Panglungsod "approved the endorsement."

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(SPOT.ph) Wearing of face shields was first required in high-risk areas in the country in July 2020. There was a lot of back and forth on enforcing and lifting the policy, especially with the big question as to whether it actually protects us from catching the SARS-CoV-2 virus or not. (Clue: Scientists point to the opposite.) And while the Inter-Agency Task Force has yet to give their final decision on the matter, Iloilo City's Sangguniang Panglungsod "approved the endorsement amending the mandatory use of face shields," according to Mayor Jerry Treñas

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Iloilo City calls for stop to mandatory face-shield use:

The Iloilo mayor initially called for the "suspension of the mandatory use of face shields or eye protectors in some public places that [the city council] may find acceptable." In a letter addressed to City Councilor Ely A. Estante on November 4, Treñas cited a scientific study saying "face shields are not effective blockers of cough aerosols."

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"Mask na lang. But it's up to you kon gusto mo gid ya mag-face shield," local media outlet Iloilo Metropolitan Times quoted Treñas. They also reported that the policy is effective today, November 5.

On November 4, Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that Secretary Eduardo Año will propose the lifting of the policy in the next meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

Department of Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire also said that the health agency is in favor of easing the use of face shields in enclosed spaces.

"Definitely, the Department of Health supports itong pag-ease ng mga protection, gaya ng face shield, dito sa mabababa ang transmission. Kailangan lang natin ng ebidensya para mas mabuo natin ang rekomendasyon sa IATF," she said in a briefing on November 5.

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