Gwen Garcia backs scrapping of face shield policy

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Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia agrees that the use of face shields should be removed as a requirement in public transportation.

On Thursday, Garcia said she was planning to meet with Central Visayas directors of the Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to discuss the lifting of mandatory wearing of face shields in public utility vehicles (PUVs).

The governor said she had been “silently advocating” against face shields which she described as an unnecessary expense. (

Drivers of PUVs, she added, should not be punished for passengers caught without face masks and face shields.

The national government has been studying proposals to eliminate face shields as requirements in public transportation and enclosed establishments.