Puerto Princesa Palawan residents wait and line up, still with face shields, while waiting for their turn to get their jabs.
Image: Puerto Princesa City Covac Facebook page
Palawan is still contemplating waiving face shield use; meanwhile, the city government of Puerto Princesa is still implementing the use of face shields. Waiving the requirement of face shield use is still being considered by the city government until the end of the year.
The national government has recently announced new face shield guidelines. Still, the Chief of Puerto Princesa City’s Incident Management Team Dr. Dean Palanca, said local authorities would continue implementing face shield use. This matter is still not in talks now but will be discussed by December.
However, Palawan is eyeing eliminating face shield use in the province after the latest announcement of the national government. Provincial Information Officer of Palawan Christian Jay Cojamco has told a Palawan news source that top authorities in the province are serious about the face shield requirements.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan, is still under general community quarantine status (GCQ) until November 22 and will be placed under Alert Level 4 after, as implemented by the national government.  As for Palawan province, implementation of the last alert level phase is not finalized, including the whole region of MIMAROPA.  The new alert level system has more eased restrictions regarding travel and gives favorable conditions for fully vaccinated individuals.
Despite the gradual easing up of restrictions in Palawan, the government is still consistent in reminding the public of the observance of health protocols, such as using face masks and alcohol and practicing safe social distancing.
After Malacañang’s announcement that it is no longer mandatory to use face shields in the Philippines, some local government units nationwide have already implemented relaxed restrictions regarding the use of face shields, as it has been a controversial issue in the country. In a recent CNN report, an engineer from the University of the Philippines quoted that face shields trap various airborne particles. However, the Philippine Medical Association’s President said that the government should adhere to this restriction since using face shields also provides another protection coat against the COVID-19 virus.  Vaccinated or not, face masks and social distancing in public places are still observed.
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