In case you missed it, President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the mandatory use of face shields in areas under Alert Level 1 to 3.
Based on the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), wearing of face shields will be eased and depend on lockdown alert levels:
• For Areas under Alert Levels 1, 2, and 3, the use of face shields is voluntary.
• For Alert Level 4, local government units (LGUs) and private establishments are given the discretion to mandate the use of face shields.
• For Alert Level 5 and areas under granular lockdown, the use of face shields is mandatory.
As of writing, the Philippines is facing a decline of COVID-19 cases, with NCR placed under Alert Level 2 until Nov. 30.
With face shields long being a staple in the Filipinos' pandemic experience, its removal has been met with sighs of relief and celebrations from social media. Face shield and #FaceShieldNoMore soon trended after the announcement, with many bidding their farewells.
Getting rid of #faceshield is like the feeling of gettin out of a toxic relationship. Finally.— ?????? (@theonlymonbais) November 15, 2021
bye faceshield, wag kana sana bumalik— ???ℎ ???????? ♡ (@ynahpamplona) November 16, 2021
Vaccine booster and #Faceshield no more is a really good morning ?— Abby Liong (@abbyliong) November 15, 2021
Amid the calls for celebration, others have recalled how its use has affected their daily lives, and how they can be properly disposed of in the long run.
finally PH decided to get rid of #faceshield, it was really hard to see and breathe while wearing those for someone like me who needs eye glasses and have a difficulty on breathing + faceshields just harms the environment with all those plastic wasted after using it once or twice— ara. (@hooneist) November 16, 2021
Now that wearing of #faceshield is no longer mandatory- how do we dispose them properly? I hope the government can come up with a sustainable and effective way to recycle them??? Kawawa naman si Mother Earth. Tutal sila naman may pakana nito Charot— KaladKaren (@jervijervi) November 16, 2021
On the other hand, the lifting of the policy has also given hope for others that Filipinos will be ready to face a COVID-free world sometime in the future.
Soon na ang: “ The MASK is ended go in peace!”— Fr. Fiel Pareja (@frfielpareja) November 16, 2021
And all of us will say filled with gratitude: THANKS BE TO GOD!
Fn, goodbye #faceshield muna tayo and get vaccinated! Follow parin ang health protoc.
God bless po and ingat lagi. God bless!
The country has recorded a total of 2,818,511 COVID-19 positive cases, with 45,709 deaths and 2,745,777 recoveries. There are over 27,000 active cases in the country as of writing.