December 1, 2023

City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has issued Executive Order 118 making the wearing of face shield mandatory to all workers in Baguio.
The EO dated Aug. 5 which took effect immediately stated, “The increase of Covid-19 cases in the city is seen as a result of eased restrictions due to our modified general community quarantine classification combined with our aggressive operations for testing members of various sectors.”
All workers in government and private offices are mandated to wear a face shield while in the office and when on duty.
The latest order expands EO 93-2020 earlier issued by the city that mandated all workers, employees, and vendors in the public market, satellite markets, supermarkets, grocery stores, and drivers of public utility vehicles to wear a face shield, face mask, and hand gloves.
“All workers, employees, and receiving personnel in business establishments, banks and government offices within the City of Baguio are mandated to use face shield while on duty,” the order said.
It further encouraged the installation of transparent barriers in their work station to prevent possible aerosolized transmission (droplets) of Covid-19 particles.
A person will be allowed to remove the face shield only when he/she is not physically interacting with clients, co-employees, or workers.
In an additional advisory sent to the media, Public Information Office-Baguio chief Aileen Refuerzo said “the primary reason for the face shield requirement among workers is to avoid aerosolized transmission through person-to-person interaction.”
The order was released after the Department of Transportation issued an order making it mandatory for everyone riding a public utility vehicle to wear a face shield effective Aug. 15.
Health authorities said the use of face shield in addition to face mask is an added protection from contracting the virus. – PNA