DOH, IATF ‘bow’ to Mayor Rama’s voluntary face mask wearing

DOH, IATF ‘bow’ to Mayor Rama’s voluntary face mask wearing

By Junex Doronio
September 7, 2022

CEBU CITY — Mayor Mike Rama could be right after all as the Department of Health on Wednesday said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has recommended making the wearing of face masks outdoors voluntary nationwide.

This was announced by DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire during the first face-to-face press briefing after two years at the DOH Central Office in Manila.

“Ito pong IATF resolution kung saan nagrerekomenda po ang IATF sa ating Presidente to liberalize the use of mask outdoors. Ibig sabihin sa labas po, hindi indoors,” Vergeire said.

To recall, on August 31, Rama signed Executive Order No. 5 which took effect September 1, declaring the use of masks as “non-obligatory” but a measure of individual self-preservation and protection.

Rama virtually defied Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos’ order to defer the mayor’s EO implementation.

“I cannot be deferring the pronouncement because I already signed it,” Rama stressed. (ia/mtvn)

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