By MASIDING NOOR YAHYA
The government has imposed another mandatory health protocol to Filipinos amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Starting on Saturday, August 15, 2020, all passengers of a public utility transport are required to wear not only face masks but also face shields.
This is contained in a Memorandum Circular No. 2020-014 dated August 3, 2020 signed by Atty. Artemio U. Tuazon Jr., OIC-Undersecretary for Administrative Service. addressed to all undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, heads of sectoral offices and attached agencies of the Department of Transportation (DoTr).
The order was issued amid the surging cases of Covid-19 cases in the country. Foreign media has called the Philippines as Land of Covid-19 for being highest among ASEAN countries with Covid-19 cases.
In the memorandum, all officials/heads of various transportation sectors are mandated to enjoin within their respective jurisdictions the mandatory wearing of face shields (aside from face masks) for ALL passengers in areas where public transportation is allowed, effective on 15 August 2020.
“In line with this, the official/s concerned are reauired to issue the necessary announcements to properly inform the riding public of the above-mentioned mandate,” Tuazon said. MNY