DAVAO CITY – Commuters have welcomed the decision of the city government to allow residents to forego using face shieldsPublic utility jeepneys (PUJ), but they said they would remain vigilant.
Joy Carson, a convenience store proprietor who commutes daily, stated that despite the new developments, she will continue using the facility face shieldIn PUJs despite threats of coronavirus infection 2019 (Covid-19).
“I still worry about catching the virus. I will continue to use it as I value my safety and that of my family,”She spoke in an interview with Philippine News Agency (PNA), on Thursday.
Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson for Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, stated that the new guidelines on PUBJs were approved because there is a low chance of spreading the infection as long as there is proper ventilation.
“It was clearly emphasized by the mayor when it is closed and confined, the face shield is necessary. So she defined there that jeepney – it is not closed and confined, it is open with free ventilation,”She said.
Monday’s radio interview featured Mayor Sara Z. Duterte stating that the Executive Order 51 Series of 2021 was the basis. face shields are to be used only in three C’s – crowded places with many people nearby, close-contact settings, especially where people have close-range conversations, and confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.
“Jeepneys do not belong to the 3Cs because the majority of them are not enclosed. The L3 (type of PUJ) is air-conditioned and that is a confined and enclosed space, the taxi is air-conditioned – with a closed window that is an enclosed space,”She said.
She added: “If the windows will be opened, it is no longer a confined and enclosed space because the air from the outside circulates to the inside.”
Roland Tayo, a daily commuter, who often goes to the public markets, also welcomes the government’s decision not to impose restrictions on the city.
“We agree on it but we must not be complacent as the virus is still around us,”He told PNA.
Among the crowded places identified by Duterte were swab sites, vaccination sites, evacuation centers, distribution of assistance, and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) voters’ registration.
Close-contact settings can be used where there is. “contact between individuals within six feet of each other for more than 15 minutes”.
These indoor structures have roofs, walls, and no open windows.
“Those who enter the church with open windows are not required to wear face shields, same as inside jeepneys,”Duterte said. (PNA)