MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso maintained that his Executive Order lifting the mandatory use of face shields will continue to be enforced in the capital city.
Domagoso made the clarification following Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement saying that such issuances are null and void.
“Well, he is entitled to his opinion. As far as the Local Government Code is concerned, it is within the power of the local chief executive under Section 16, the general welfare clause. His opinion is as good as mine,” Domagoso said in an interview.
“We, the local government unit and all other elected official, have a responsibility to take care of our people. Kami (ang) binoto ng mga tao. Sila, inupo lang ng mga kung sino,” he added.
Mayor Isko also cited the provision of the Local Government Code that states that every local government unit “shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.”
Domagoso on Monday signed Executive Order No. 42 removing rules requiring the wearing of face shields in the city.
Face shield requirements, however, will remain in effect inside health facilities.
Manila was the first city in the capital region to make an official issuance on the removal of face shield rules.
This was after the Metro Manila Council agreed to urge the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to repeal its rules on the mandatory use of face shields.
The 47-year-old mayor claimed that the low COVID-19 infection rates in the city, which resulted from the local government’s mass vaccination program, justified his order.
“As far as Manila is concerned, we are vaccinated, the people. We have a low infection (rates). The people of Manila deserve some ease. And that’s what we’re after. Tao muna,” he said.
Calling face shields the ‘face of corruption,’ Domagoso called on the national government to focus on purchasing live-saving medicines instead.
“Ito ang mukha ng corruption. Nasa mukha ng mga Pilipino. Baka hindi pa ubos yung binili nila. Wala naman bisa. Bili sila (ng) tocilizumab tsaka remdesivir. Makakatulong iyon sa tao,” he said.