Early on during the health crisis, the local government permitted the use of tricycles when no one else would, deployed mobile markets to make purchasing vital goods more convenient, and set up bike lanes to make up for the lack of public transportation. Hell, while other cities were driving around spraying disinfectant, Pasig City took to the sky and used drones. Now, this.
Recently, Pasig City traffic enforcers cracked down on taxi drivers and tricycle operators out on the road without face shields. In case you aren’t aware, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)—including face shields—is now required onboard all modes of public transportation. There’s a twist here, though, as instead of handing out fines to the violators, the authorities gave out PPEs instead. Look:
“Ops, ops, ops! Wala kang face shield? Bibigyan ka namin,” Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto recently shared on social media.
“Pero sa susunod mas strikto nang ipapatupad ito, at imbis na face shield ay ticket na ang iaabot sa inyo,” the mayor warned.
Some users, noticing that the enforcers in the photos weren’t wearing the PPE themselves, pointed out that they should wear face shields to set an example. Mayor Sotto, though, clarified that the use of face shields is not required in open spaces and that it may keep the traffic enforcers from effectively doing their job.
Remember: PPEs, for some, aren’t as easy to come by or as readily available. It’s good to see that the local government is taking it upon itself to equip its constituents with face shields. Do you think other local governments should follow Pasig City’s example? Let us know in the comments.