Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is urging local government unit (LGU) officials in the province of Cavite to help in the implementation of wearing face shields aside from face masks in workplaces as an added health safety measure.
“I hope all the mayors will be the ones to explain to the employers, to the workers, to the businessmen to please follow this protocol,” Bello said during the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 and the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team visit in General Trias City.
He also acknowledged the Department of Health (DOH) for introducing the additional health safety protocol which aims to protect all workers.
“This health protocol that was created by Secretary Francisco Duque will give protection to our workers especially here in Cavite where there are many businesses. The economic zones are here,” he added.
The Cavite Economic Zone is in General Trias City.
Bello earlier announced that starting Saturday (August 15), all workers are required to wear both face masks and face shields at work.
He added that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has proposed that employers will be the ones to shoulder the expenses in acquiring the face shields.
The Department of Transportation would also require commuters to wear face masks and face shields while inside public transportation.
According to the DOH, the CODE is “a protocol that will begin active case finding through close coordination between DOH representatives and communities across the country.”
The team is composed of national government officials, local health officials, local government partners and barangay health emergency response teams.