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Yorme’s anti-face-shield order in order: Sec. Año

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Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said last week that Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s directive lifting the face shield rule, earlier imposed by the national government to curb the spread of Covid19, is “not null and void.”


In effect, this was an affront to the credibility of presidential spokesman Harry Roque who earlier described as irregular Executive Order No. 42 signed by Mayor Moreno which declared as non-mandatory the continued use of face shields within city limits, except in hospital settings.


Roque said all mayors are under the control and supervision of Malacanang, which is why they are expected to always toe the line regarding such policy statements regarding face shield protocols.


Henceforth, Moreno said in his order signed last week that the use of face shields shall be “purely voluntary” on the part of the concerned individual, whether or not he/she would like to don the apparel.


In ordering the lifting of the face shield mandate, Moreno stressed he is placing more importance on the City’s autonomy ahead of the IATF.


Saying he is prepared to face the IATF in a court of law, Moreno cited Sec. 16 of the Local Government Code giving the chief executive of an LGU the power to implement “effective and efficient governance.”


Año clarified the DILG will not be prosecuting local government units who enact ordinances lifting the face shield mandate imposed last year by the Inter-Agency Covid19 Task Force (IATF) as they are entitled to do so, under the existing Local government Code, to protect the interests of their constituents.


Año said he would not question the ordinances passed (as of this writing) by Manila, Muntinlupa City, Ormoc City, Davao City, Cebu City, Lapu-lapu City, Mandaue City, Catbalogan City and Iloilo City lifting the IATF face shield protocols because they are a low risk for Covid19, unlike last year when it was raging uncontrollably.


“It’s up to them if they want to decide ahead of the IATF…that issue is not worth quarreling about,” he was quoted in published reports as saying.


Año said the IATF is currently looking into the possibility of scrapping the use of face shields, except in high risk places, which is being recommended by the DILG and the Labor department for practicality’s sake.

Photos: reportr.world / Philstar / PCOO


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