DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan has directed the Administration Division to make the wearing of face shields—on top of face masks—mandatory for anyone entering the vicinity of the regional office.

The move was in keeping with recently issued memorandum circulars by the Departments of Transportation (DOTr), Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Trade and Industry (DTI) making the wearing of face shields in public transportation and workplaces mandatory to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

While the national government has not issued a similar directive for government offices, Director Caancan thought it wise to require employees and guests to wear face shields as an added health safety protocol.

“Our employees and guests are required anyway to wear face shield whenever they take public transportation to visit our office, so we might as well request them to keep their face shields on during their visit”, Director Caancan said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases is also in support of the use of face shields. According to Director Caancan, data shows that it can help reduce the virus transmission rate by 93 percent.

Director Caancan pointed out that “Our strict compliance with prescribed public health protocols is probably one of the reasons why the regional office had low infection rates despite our office being near three public health institutions.” Director Jacqueline A. Caancan is a member of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) for Metro Manila.