One of the hottest topics locally is the recent executive order signed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Executive Order #3 states that “wearing of face masks in open spaces and non-crowded outdoor areas with good ventilation is now optional provided that physical distancing will be observed at all times.”
Despite this, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), just released a statement today encouraging the public and its employees to continue wearing face masks while outdoors.
MMDA: Face masks also good against pollution
Acting MMDA Chairman Engr. Carlo Dimayuga III said that the wearing of face masks protects us not only against the COVID-19 virus but also from pollution.
Furthermore, Dimayuga says that “the MMDA strongly enjoins the public, particularly those who are not fully vaccinated, immuno-compromised, and the senior citizens, to continue wearing face masks whether indoor or outdoor for it helps minimize our risk of getting infected with the virus and stop its further transmission.”
The agency also released a memorandum to all its employees emphasizing the need to still strictly adhere to the minimum health protocols. In the memorandum, all employees are urged to wear masks even outdoors, especially field personnel, for their own protection.
This topic has drawn mixed reactions from the public, what are your thoughts? let us know in the comments below.