PBBM maglalabas ng EO sa boluntaryong pagsusuot ng facemask sa indoor areas

PBBM maglalabas ng EO sa boluntaryong pagsusuot ng facemask sa indoor areas

October 25, 2022 @ 1:22 PM 1 month ago

MANILA, Philippines- Nakatakdang magpalabas si Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr., ng executive order na naglalayong gawing boluntaryo ang pagsusuot ng face mask sa indoor areas.

Sa press briefing sa New Executive Building (NEB), Malakanyang, sinabi ni Tourism Secretary Maria Esperanza Christina Garcia Frasco na kasama ang usaping ito sa tinalakay sa cabinet meeting kasama si Pangulong Marcos.

“We have just concluded a cabinet meeting with President Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. together with fellow cabinet secretaries. At this meeting the matter of the mask mandate policy of the PH was discussed,” ayon sa Kalihim.

“As you are aware,  the President has already issued an executive order to make outdoor mask wearing volunteer all over the PH with cetain exceptions. As a result of the Cabinet meeting this morning, it was agreed that the President would be issuing an executive order for the IATF recommendation to make indoor mask wearing also voluntary all over the Philippines with the few exceptions,.”

Kabilang  na rito aniya ang pagsusuot ng face mask sa public transportation, medical transportation at  medical facilities.

Hinihikayat naman ng gobyerno ang patuloy na pagsusuot ng face mask sa mga unvaccinated individuals, mga taong may  comorbidities at senior citizens.

“But generally the direction of the Marcos administration is to lift the remainder of travel restrictions into the Philippines and that includes easing of our mask mandates to allow our country to be at par with our ASEAN neighbors who have long liberalized their mask mandates,” lahad nito.

Idagdag pa rito, napag-usapan din aniya ang natitirang stringent protocols gaya ng requirement ng pre-departure testing sa Pilipinas sa anyo ng  RT-PCR ay aalisin na.

“In addition to this as far as unvaccinated foreigners are concerned they would henceforth be allowed entry into the Philippines with only the requirement of presenting an antigen test 24 hours taken before the departure or an option of taking an antigen test upon arrival into the Philippines,” ayon sa Kalihim.

“In addition to these it was also agreed that the One Health pass would be removed as already publicly announced and replaced with E-Arrival platform that introduces great convenience to our travelers and tourists in the sense that the interface is more user-friendly, 20 questions that used to be in place have now been reduced to 10 specifically those that are tourism related and as agreed during the meeting it was clarified that the filling out of the e-arrival card would not be made mandatory as a pre-requisite to boarding, in other words, you can fill out the e-arrival card at your own convenience prior to the departure or upon arrival,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Napagkasunduan din aniya kasama ang Department of Health (DoH) at sa pakikipagtalakayan nito sa Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) na  dapat na mag-provide ng  special lanes sa paliparan para sa mga hindi nagkaroon ng pagkakataon o oportunidad na mag- fill- out  ng  earrival card.

“The overarching direction of the Marcos admin is to allow our country to convey an openness and readiness to the world to receive tourists and investments so that we would give our fellow Filipinos an opporuniity to regain all the livelihood and losses that were incurred during the pandemic,” lahad ng Kalihim.

Samantala, kumpiyansa naman aniya sila  na ang lahat ng restrictions na binawi o inalis na ng administrasyong Marcos ay  “can only redound to the benefit of the lives of millions of Filipinos that serve to benefit as well from the invigoration of the tourism industry.” Kris Jose