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Revilla urges DOH, IATF: Distribute free masks, face shields


Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla on Sunday urged the Department of Health and Inter-Agency Task Force to distribute face masks and face shields for free amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Revilla said this will not only mitigate the spread of coronavirus but also will complement efforts against violators who tend to argue that they cannot afford to buy masks.

"Marami sa ating mga kababayan ang nanggigitata na ang face mask pero ginagamit pa rin dahil sa kawalan ng pambili,” he said in a statement.

“Kaya para makasiguro tayo na hindi tayo magkahawa-hawa ay ang gobyerno na mismo ang mamahagi ng face mask at face shield," he added.

Revilla also suggested the national government to instruct the distribution of face masks and face shields to local government units (LGUs).

Revilla made the statement after the calls of various medical groups to place the National Capital Region (NCR) under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) again, because the healthcare system is already overwhelmed.

While authorities have not decided yet on the matter, Revilla underscored that the safety of the Filipino people should be prioritized. —LBG, GMA News

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