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Face shield SRP will not be higher than P50—DOH

The suggested retail price of face shields, which will soon be required in public transportation, will not be higher than P50 each, the Department of Health said Wednesday.

Face shield SRP will not be higher than P50—DOH
READY FOR WORK. Workers wear face shields over their face masks while waiting their service vehicle in Cavite on Wednesday. The Department of Trade and Industry said they would oblige companies to use face shields at their workplaces to avoid COVID-19. JR Josue
Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in an interview on Unang Hirit, said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III would approve first the recommended SRP before it would be transmitted to the Department of Trade and Industry.

"We made sure the price would be affordable so that our countrymen would not face an y financial difficulty,” Vergeire said.

The DTI earlier asked the DOH to impose an SRP for face shields in line with its mandatory use in public transportation starting August 15.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has proposed the wearing

of face shields for employees in workplaces as additional protection as the country grapples with the containment of the deadly COVID-19, Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

“The measure will be confirmed in an Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting with Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III this week,” Bello said in a radio interview.

“We are doing the health protocol for the workplaces. It would be confirmed after a meeting with IATF,” Bello said.

He said the proposed measure aimed to ensure the safety of workers while on duty, adding that the purchase of the face shields would be shouldered by employers.

Wearing of face shield will reduce the transmission of COVID-19, as workers and employers in the private sector are mandated to observe strict health protocols as the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) remain in ffect, Bello said.

Aside from practicing social distancing, Bello noted that workplaces should also observe other sanitary and health protocols such as regular hand washing and temperature check.

Earlier, the Department of Transportation issued  Memorandum Circular 2020-014, stating  that wearing of  face shields is mandatory for all public transportation passengers.

READ: Face shield prices double, supply shortage noted

Topics: Department of Health , Face shield , Francisco Duque III , Maria Rosario Vergeire , Department of Trade and Industry
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