THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Cebu expects the demand for face shields to increase after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) updated its guidelines on its mandatory use.
“We are projecting that prices will increase as demand is anticipated to increase, which may be attributable to the IATF policy on mandatory wearing of face shields and face masks upon going out of the house,” said Ines Cajegas, chief of the consumer protection division of DTI-Cebu.
The government’s Covid-19 task force recently updated its omnibus guidelines on the implementation of community quarantine in the Philippines after the approval of Resolution 88.
Section 8 No. 5 of the amended omnibus guidelines states, “All persons are mandated to wear full-coverage face shields together with face masks, earloop masks, indigenous, reusable, or do-it-yourself masks, or other facial protective equipment which can effectively lessen the transmission of Covid-19, whenever they go out of their residences.”
At present, the prices of face shields have gone down.
“As to the Department of Health (DOH)-specified face shields, we’ve noted the continuous drop in the prices during the past four weeks from P55 per piece to as low as P12 per piece,” said Cajegas.
The DTI official warned sellers anew to follow the DOH suggested retail price (SRP).
“Let the sellers be warned that the SRP set by the DOH on face shields is still effective,” she said.
The DOH set the SRP from P26 to P50 for face shields.
Shoppers flocking to the malls for Christmas shopping and churchgoers going to places of worship for dawn masses have prompted the IATF to update its guidelines.
Before, face shields were mandatory only inside public transportation, malls and other establishments.
At present, Cebu records new coronavirus cases in the single digits daily. But with the religious activities associated with the holidays, local officials fear cases may increase. (JOB)