NO punishment, no penalty for those caught without face shield!
This pronouncement was issued by commuter and transport advocate, lawyer Ariel Inton, after Department of Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Año and Department of Health Sec. Francisco Duque III cleared the policy on face shields before the Senate.
“Claro po yung statements nila Sec. Año at Sec. Duque sa Senate na WALANG PARUSA, WALANG PENALTY ayon na rin sa policy ng Inter-Agency Task Force ang hindi pagsusuot ng face shield,” said Inton, founder of the Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP).
Wearing of face shield is an added healthy safety protocol but is not a mandatory policy. The most important thing is that there is no punishment and no penalty for not wearing one, said Inton.
“Wag na po nating dagdagan ang paghihirap ng mga mahihirap, sumunod po tayo sa guidance na ibinigay ng DILG at DOH tungkol sa face shield,” said Inton.
Inton said the issue became controversial after an incident was captured on video that went viral on social media.
In the video, traffic enforcers stopped a public bus, asked all the passengers to step down before they were ticketed and mandated to pay a penalty for not wearing face shields.
Apparently, the enforcers were just enforcing the newly passed City Ordinance punishing public transport passengers without face shields.