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Health body backs proposal to require face shield in public places

CAGAYAN de Oro City–The City Council committee on health and health insurance chaired by Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane is supporting the proposal to require all persons entering the city to wear or use  face shield in  public places.

This, after the committee thoroughly discussed the proposed ordinance filed by Councilor Reuben R. Daba amending Ordinance No. 13855-2020 known as the community quarantine guidelines, rules and regulations of 2020 in Cagayan de Oro City.

During the meeting, Councilor Daba, vice-chair of the committee, said the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that wearing of face shield would give 97-percent prevention from the spread of the virus.

He said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued a memorandum circular on health protocols but did not include the wearing of face shield. “But we have the option, pwede nato mahimo og ordinance,” he said.

Rowena Yu of the City Health Office also supported the proposal. She cited that wearing of face shield would add extra protection.

Director Aminoden Guro of the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said the office interposes no objection to the proposal.

However, he reminded the committee that  disciplining the public utility operators, riders and conductors, as far as the operation is concerned, is primarily within the jurisdiction of LTFRB.

Guro added that LTFRB issued a series of memorandum circulars including the mandatory wearing of face mask and face shield inside PUVs. Drivers are required to refuse passengers not wearing such protection, he stressed.

“Sa una, ma-charge ang driver og refusal to convey kung dili nila pasakyon ang pasahero, karon dili na sila ma-charge kung ang pasahero walay face shield, no violation,” he explained.

However, he said if a passenger is wearing face mask and face shield and the driver refuse to convey the said passenger, the driver will face a penalty of P5,000 for the first offense.

For her part, Dr. Magda Juan of the J.R.Borja General Hospital (JRBGH) said wearing of face shield in public areas is beneficial. She  explained that the DOH has mandated the use of face mask but did not specify the kind of mask.

“What we emphasize every time is we should wear face mask is properly kay daghan kaayo gahimoon nila og “chin mask”. That’s the reason why we should wear face shield in public areas. Additional protection because we are not wearing the medical mask face mask, so the face shield will add on.

“It is also beneficial if we cannot attain the minimum physical distancing standard,” she added.

Councilor Gaane referred the proposal of Councilor Daba to the City Legal Office for its legal opinion. (SP/JBDacer)

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