Malacañang on Thursday insisted that there was enough scientific evidence showing that face shields were effective in protecting a person from Covid-19.

In a virtual presser, Palace spokesman Harry Roque claimed that wearing a face mask, a face shield and observing social distancing provides protection from Covid-19 almost equal to that provided by Covid-19 vaccines.

“So sa akin po, sa siyensiya may basehan po iyan, sa gastos bagamat nagastusan po ang ating mga kababayan, e halos lahat naman po mayroon nang face shield so wala na pong extra gastos po iyan,” he said.

Roque made the statement after Manila Mayor Franciso “Isko Moreno” Domagoso expressed his view on face shields, saying the Philippines was the only country requiring its use in open spaces.

“Ang face shield ay dapat ipatigil nang i-require sa general population at gamitin na lamang sa ospital upang makabawas sa gastusin at intindihin ng taumbayan,” Domagoso said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Tayo na lang yata sa buong mundo ang nag-rerequire ng face shield sa kalsada. Dapat pag-isipan uli ito. Marami na tayong natutunan. We should adjust,” Domagoso said.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, face shields are not effective in protecting an individual from respiratory droplets.

In a Laging Handa briefing, Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said it was too early to lift the face shield requirement because the country had yet to achieve “public protection.”

“Hindi pa po siguro panahon para tanggalin ang face shield dahil hindi pa po tayo nakakalabas dito sa pandemya…Wala pa po tayo sa level na tinatawag nating herd protection or iyong tinatawag nating public protection na makukuha natin kapag umabot na tayo sa 50 million vaccination,” he said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro