Senate of the Philippines

After flip-flopping gov’t policy on face shields, Sotto seeks Senate probe

Mara Cepeda

This is AI generated summarization, which may have errors. For context, always refer to the full article.

After flip-flopping gov’t policy on face shields, Sotto seeks Senate probe

MANDATORY. Individuals wear face masks and face shields at a vaccination center in Quezon City on June 21, 2021.


'Sinong genius ang nambola sa gobyerno?' asks Senate President Vicente Sotto III as he questions the mandatory use of face shields

Senate President Vicente Sotto III wants the upper chamber to probe into just how effective face shields are in preventing coronavirus transmission after the Duterte government’s flip-flopping policy on its use.

On Wednesday, June 23, Sotto filed Proposed Senate Resolution (PSR) No. 757 directing the Senate committee of the whole to convene and investigate, in aid of legislation, the efficacy of wearing face shields to prevent COVID-19. 

There’s a high chance the Senate inquiry will be scheduled soon, since the probe was sought by no less than the Senate President himself. 

Sotto called for the probe just two days after President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday evening, June 21, decided again to require people to wear face shields both outdoors and indoors

But seven hours earlier on Monday, Malacañang announced the supposed end to mandatory use of face shields outdoors. 

The flip-flopping policy exasperated Sotto, who argued that no other country has been requiring its population to wear face shields apart from the Philippines.

“Sinong genius ang nambola sa gobyerno (Who’s the genius who misled the government)?” the Senate President asked reporters. 

Must Read

Does wearing a face shield protect against COVID-19?

Does wearing a face shield protect against COVID-19?

In his resolution, Sotto said the Department of Health had submitted to him a list of countries that use face shields or visors against COVID-19, but none of them make it a mandatory policy. These include China, South Korea, Malta, United Kingdom, and the state of Oregon in the United States.

The Senate President also said purchasing face shields is an added burden to Filipinos who are already bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“[The] wearing [of a] face shield is not among the recommended protocol from world health experts to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 virus… Our people should rather invest in a proper mask that is scientifically proven to protect them from the virus,” said Sotto. 

There is no recommendation from the World Health Organization nor the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make the wearing of face shields against COVID-19 a policy.

As of Tuesday, June 22, the Philippines has logged over 1.36 million cases of COVID-19 with 23,809 deaths and 1.3 million recoveries. –

Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.

Summarize this article with AI
Download the Rappler App!
Clothing, Apparel, Person


Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at or tweet @maracepeda.