Use of face shield in public transport on Saturday

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminded passengers, drivers, and conductors of public utility vehicles (PUVs) Friday  that the mandatory wearing of face shields and face masks in public transportation starts Saturday, Aug. 15.

The LTFRB said  Memorandum Circular (MC) 2020-033  issued this month requiring PUV passengers, as well as drivers and conductors to wear face shields,  takes effect  in areas where public transportation is allowed.

The circular, which was signed by LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III on Aug. 7, amended a previous memorandum requiring PUV drivers and conductors to use just an eye protector aside from the mandatory face mask.

Based on the memorandum, they are now required to wear "face shields that should cover the whole face" in line with the MC 2020-014 of the Department of Transportation.

"Failure to wear face mask and face shield shall be reasonable ground to refuse/deny boarding in any PUV," the order said.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade had earlier said that this initiative will be implemented along with their existing health and safety protocols to further reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19  in public transport facilities.

The DOTr chief said the mandatory wearing of face shield will be implemented in all public transportation, including in the aviation and airports, railways, road, as well as the maritime sector.

Operations of all forms of public transportation are still suspended in Metro Manila until Aug. 18 while the modified enhanced community quarantine is being enforced.