UNTV donates face shields to NCRPO

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 28, 2020   •   1322

MANILA, Philippines — UNTV on Friday (March 27) donated 100 face shields to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

The 100 face shields will be used by the NCRPO personnel manning the quarantine-controlled checkpoints in Metro Manila.

NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas admitted that the Metro Manila Police lack personal protective equipment (PPEs).

The NCRPO previously used improvised face shields made of acetate as protection for the policemen working as frontliners against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He also said that the donation of UNTV and other private sectors is a huge help in their operations during the enhanced community quarantine.

“Pasalamat kami sa UNTV dahil nag-donate sila ng face shields (We are grateful to UNTV for donating face shields),” he said. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Over P2.7M worth of illegal drugs seized in Brgy. Baclaran, Parañaque City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported on Thursday (September 23) that over P2.7-million worth of illegal drugs were seized in an operation held on September 21 in Barangay Baclaran, Parañaque City.

According to a report submitted to NCRPO Chief Pmgen Vicente Danao Jr, police elements were able to intercept and arrest the suspect identified as Joey S. De Leon, from Dimasalang St, Pasay City.

He was caught engaging in illegal drug trade in front of The Original Seafood Building along Market Roxas Boulevard, Service Road North Bound, in Barangay Baclaran.

Recovered from the suspect were the following pieces of evidence:

-a piece medium tied transparent plastic containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu which was the subject of sale;
-two medium tied transparent plastic containing white crystaline substance of suspected shabu;
-seven pieces heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet each containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu weighing a total weight of more or less 379 grams with a total street value of P2,577,200;
-a piece of genuine P1,000 bill on top of three pieces of buy-bust money;
a piece coin purse color brown; and
-a shoe box.

The seized illegal drug items were turned over to the Southern Police District Crime Laboratory for chemical analysis while a case for violation of RA 9165 of the The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is being prepared against the arrested suspect.

No more face shields outside, only in 3Cs — Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte approved on Wednesday (September 22) the recommendation of the technical advisory group of the Department of Health (DOH) and medical experts to lift the order of mandatory face shields outdoors.

Instead, the President limits its use only in 3Cs or in ‘closed, crowded, and close contact’ areas.

“Pwede ng tanggalin sa labas. No more face shield outside, Ang limitasyon ng faceshield, gamitin mo [sa] 3Cs, closed…whatever facility – ospital o basta magkadikit dikit. Crowded ganoon rin. It’s a crowded room tapos closed lahat, mas delikado. Saka ang closed contact kung magkadikit dikit ang tao. So diyan applicable pa rin ang face shield,” he said.

Duterte explained that he ordered the mandatory use of face shields because he was worried about the surge of Delta variant cases.

“[Ang] sabi ko, takot ako lalo na pagdating ng COVID (Delta). I got so scared that I ordered the reimposition of the face shield. Ang akin naman, sabi ko maski gaano kaliit ang contributing factor niya to avoid COVID, okay na lang,” he said.

Following this development, the government is set to issue guidelines on the use of face shields.

“I have ordered that the implementation guidelines be issued immediately,” the President said.

Duterte’s decision came after House Speaker Allan Velasco asked him through a letter to reconsider the policy. The lawmaker cited experts’ studies indicating that the combination of face shields and masks made little difference over the use of masks alone.

Velasco asks Duterte to reconsider mandatory face shield policy

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Allan Velasco has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider the mandatory use of face shields as an added protection against COVID-19.

In a letter to the President dated September 20, Velasco said the face shield requirement only poses an added financial burden to Filipinos who are already struggling economically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Velasco also cited the absence of solid medical proof that the use of plastic face shields is effective against COVID-19 transmission.

“The use of face shields has made little difference in protecting against the transmission of COVID-19 over the proper use of masks alone, and imposes an additional burden to poor Filipino families already reeling from the adverse effect of the pandemic on their livelihood,” Velasco pointed out.

In his letter, Velasco recommended that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the Department of Health (DOH) to reconsider the policy for the general public when going out of their homes or indoors, including in malls, commercial establishments, and public transportation.

Velasco cited the latest survey conducted by the World Bank entitled COVID-19 Low Income Household Panel and Economic (HOPE) showing the impact of the pandemic on the poorest households.

He said: “COVID-19 has worsened hunger among Filipinos. The cost of a face shield of about P20 to P50 is already a substantial amount equivalent to the cost of a meal for these poor Filipinos.”

Also, he noted that the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend the use of face shields, only for those providing direct care to patients with COVID-19.

He added that based on studies conducted by physician-researchers of Wayne State University School of Medicine, combining the use of face shields and masks made little difference over the use of masks alone.

Even in the Philippine context, Velasco said that combining the use of face shields and masks made little difference over the use of masks alone which poses doubt on the efficacy of the use of face shields.

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