Face shields in Davao City now voluntary in 3Cs settings


WEARING of face shields will now be “voluntary” use only in the 3Cs settings — crowded places, close contact settings, and confined and enclosed spaces — the City Government of Davao said through an executive order (EO).

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued EO 51-A, providing guidelines on the use of face shields. This is an amendment to EO 51, which adopted the national policy of the mandatory wearing of face shields in areas that are “closed and crowded.”

EO 51-A states, “Face shields shall be for voluntary use in the 3Cs settings: crowded places, close contact settings, and confined and enclosed spaces.”

“For all other places, the use of the face shield shall not be required,” the EO wrote.

The following are the specifications on the use of face shields under the 3Cs: crowded places — defined as areas where there is a mass gathering of individuals, which include but are not limited to swab sites, vaccination sites, evacuation centers, distribution of assistance, and Comelec voters’ registration; close contact settings — defined as contact between individuals within six feet of each other for a total of 15 minutes or more; and confined and enclosed spaces — defined as indoor structures with roof and walls and without open windows.

The updated use of face shields is in accordance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement on September 22, 2021, to limit the use of face shields to the 3Cs as recommended by the Technical Advisory Group.

The President earlier extended the State of Calamity in the country until September 12, 2022 through Presidential Proclamation 1218.

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SunStar Davao is Davao City's most sought after community content provider in both print and online. It is part of the SunStar news network in the Philippines. Sun.Star Davao started as a bi-weekly newspaper Peryodiko Dabaw in December 1985 by Elpidio G. Damaso as the so-called alternative press during the end days of the Marcos dictatorship. It started publishing five times a week the following year and was relaunched as Ang Peryodiko Dabaw on September 7, 1987, marking the entry of new investors and its use of desktop publishing, while its Davao City competitors were still using letterpress.

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