“THE City Government of Bacolod is still implementing the wearing of face shields.”
This was stressed by Councilor Dindo Ramos after President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that Filipinos are no longer required to wear face shields outdoors.
Duterte said face shields will only be required in areas that are identified as “3Cs”: closed, crowded, and close-contact.
Ramos, chairperson of the City Council’s committee on laws, said although there is a declaration from the President not to require face shields in open places, the city can still implement it.
It is still effective as long as there are local ordinances that are not in conflict with the national law, he said.
Ramos said local legislators can also listen with the health experts so they can amend the ordinances in the city.
“The declaration of the President is not a law. It’s only his personal opinion,” he added.
Ramos noted that the pronouncement of the President is only effective to the local government units that do not have local ordinances that regulate the use of face shields and face masks.
The City Council earlier approved City Ordinance (CO) 944, the Face Mask, Face Shield and Social Distancing Ordinance of Bacolod City.
Section 3 of CO 944 states that all persons in public places shall be required to wear face masks properly. The same shall be required even of occupants inside public or private vehicles, as well as persons inside private offices or places where the general public may be allowed.
In addition to mandatory use of face masks, face shields shall be used while inside supermarkets, public markets, malls, venues for meetings (private or government service initiated); venues where private or government services are provided; all enclosed offices or establishments doing business; public transportation or public utility vehicles and enclosed workplaces.
Section 4 states that any person who fails to properly wear the required face mask and face shield or observe the mandated social distancing, as defined under the ordinance, shall be penalized with a fine of P200 or eight hours of community service for every violation.
Community services shall be supervised by the City Health Office in coordination with the barangay where the said violators reside. If he is not a resident of Bacolod City, he shall be penalized with a fine of P300.