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Senator Imee Marcos expressed disapproval over new policy from Department of Transportation (DOTr).

IMEE MARCOS – Philippine Senator Imee Marcos expressed her opinion as she slammed new Department of Transportation (DOTr) policy which is the mandatory wearing of face shield.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country has already skyrocketed to over 100,000 which indicate worsening situation of the country dealing with this health crisis. The increase of number continued despite all the efforts of the government and the authorities to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

DOTr on Mandatory Face Shield Rule
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In a previous article, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has issued a new policy which requires people who commute to wear face shields. This new regulation is to further their efforts to protect people and preventing them from having the virus. Starting August 15, drivers and passengers of public transportation must wear face shields apart from the face mask and this new policy must be implemented in the entire country.

With this, Senator Imee Marcos expressed her disapproval to the new health protocol as it will only serve as financial burden to many people who currently struggle to earn amid the pandemic. She asked if the face mas, barrier, and social distancing aren’t enough yet.

Imee Marcos
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She said in a statement as per Inquirer, “Dagdag pahirap ito sa ating mga kababayan. Imbes na pambili ng noodles, mapupunta sa face shield. Hindi pa ba sapat ang physical distancing at pagsusuot ng face mask? Meron pang barrier.”

The senator proposed that if they require this, they should distribute it for free as not everyone can afford to buy these. She furthered that these things are truly essential but the authorities must also consider the state and condition of the people, especially now as many have lost their jobs.

She also called out Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to monitor the price of face shields since it has become in demand, over-pricing is a possibility.

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