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WATCH: With masks now optional, students still choose to wear them

Bonz Magsambol
WATCH: With masks now optional, students still choose to wear them
School principal Gilbert Inocencio says they still encourage students to wear them as an added layer of protection against COVID-19 and other diseases. Rappler's Bonz Magsambol files this report.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) now allows mask-wearing inside classrooms optional after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. issued an order making the health measure voluntary.

At the Eusebio High School in Pasig City, students are still wearing face masks on the first day of full implementation of face-to-face classes in public schools in the country on Wednesday, November 2.

School principal Gilbert Inocencio tells Rappler that they still encourage students to wear face masks inside their classrooms, as masking adds another layer of protection against COVID-19 and other diseases.

Over 96% of the Eusebio High School’s 5,600 students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Inocencio says they are aiming to achieve 100% in their school. 

Rappler’s Bonz Magsambol files this report. – Rappler.com

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Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.