‘It’s just being used as headband’: Trillanes backs lifting of face shield policy

Published June 5, 2021, 4:22 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Saturday, June 5, agreed with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to lift the mandatory use of face shields because people are only using them as headbands.

Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV (Photo from Trillanes’ Facebook page)

“Sang-ayon ako kay Mayor @IskoMoreno na tanggalin ang mandatory use ng face shields. Anyway, ginagawang headband na lang din ang pagsuot nito (I agree with Mayor @IskoMoreno to remove the mandatory use of face shields. Anyway, the people are using them as headbands),” Trillanes, who is now a professor, said in a tweet.

The former senator alleged that those implementing the use of the face shield have surely profited from it.

The most common brand of face shields is the Chinese company Heng De. It has approval from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

One face shield can go as low as P5 to P10 in leading department stores. Local brands have also started to manufacture face shields, but they cost more than the China-made ones.

Just recently, Moreno urged the national government to scrap its face shield policy. Indoor establishments require the use of a face shield before the public can enter its premises. Some local government units (LGUs) also require the wearing of face shields in public places.

READ: Mayor Isko urges gov’t to reconsider mandatory face shield policy

The mayor said that face shields should only be used inside hospitals where there is a greater risk of infection.

However, the Palace and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) thumbed down the suggestion because face shields add a significant layer of protection aside from wearing a face mask.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque quoted experts who said that wearing face shields, coupled with face masks and social distancing, can reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by 90 percent. He added that face shield users prevent them from touching their faces.