Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go said President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed with the proposal of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on the limited use of face shields.
Go previously appealed to the IATF to reevaluate the mandatory use of face shields, citing the decreasing number of Covid cases in the country and more individuals who have been vaccinated.
“Sa pag-uusap namin ng Pangulo, aaprubahan na niya ang proposal ng IATF para limitado na lamang na paggamit ng mga face shields,” said Go.
“Ang pangunahing proteksyon naman natin ay ang mask at ang bakuna. Dagdag na proteksyon ang face shield pero pwede nang hindi gawing mandatory ‘yan,” he added.
In Resolution No. 148-D (s. 2021) dated 11 November 2021, the IATF proposed the mandatory use of face shields in community settings for areas under Alert Level 5, Enhanced Community Quarantine, and granular lockdowns.
For areas under Alert Level 4, the local government units and private establishments are given discretion to mandate the use of face shields.
For areas under Alert Levels 3, 2 and 1, the use of face shields shall be voluntary.
The abovementioned protocols are unaffected by the continued mandatory usage of face shields in medical and quarantine facilities, as well as the requirement that healthcare professionals use them in healthcare settings.
Earlier, Go has expressed his support for the proposal to make use of face shields non-mandatory but urged the public to wait for the advice of authorities and experts. He also called on Filipinos to remain vigilant amid the ongoing threats of Covid-19 to not put to waste the efforts to overcome the pandemic.
“Ako naman po, personally, as Senate Committee on Health Chairperson, ay kung maaari huwag nang gawing mandatory (sa mga low-risk),” Go said during a distribution of aid to residents of Antipolo City in Rizal recently.
Go supports the gradual relaxation of physical and mobility restrictions, especially for fully vaccinated individuals, which will boost the recovery of the economy.