By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Thursday that students must wear face masks in school as they attend face-to-face classes.
“Walang mawawala kung magmamask ang mga bata sa school,” the senator said.
“Getting our kids back to the classrooms is an important part of addressing our education crisis. It has taken us almost 3 years to open up our schools. Tungkulin nating panatilihing ligtas ang mga bata sa ating paaralan at pataasin ang kumpiyansa ng magulang sa pagpapanatiling bukas ang mga paaralan,” she added.
Earlier, the Department of Education said that it will follow Executive Order No. 7 of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. which makes the use of face masks voluntary indoors and outdoors.
Hontiveros urged schools to implement their own protocols regarding the use of face masks.
“We strongly encourage that schools be given flexibility in adopting optional facemask policies as part of their safety protocols and mechanism,” she said.
The senator also advised the public to continue to wear face masks and receive vaccines against COVID-19.
“Pinapaalalahanan natin ang publiko na ang pagsusuot ng face mask, ang pagpapabukana o pagpapa-booster ay subok nang pamamaraan para makaiwas sa malubhang COVID-19 infection at hospitalization,” Hontiveros said. (AI/MTVN)