DOLE allows employers, employees decide whether to wear a mask at work

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MANILA — After President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. scrapped the mask mandate, the Department of Labor and Employment is leaving it up to employers and their workers to decide whether they will continue to wear masks at work.

Based on the Labor Advisory No. 22, Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma stated that employers and their workers may require the wearing of face masks taking into account hazards and risks, industry requirements and incidence of other infectious diseases.

Employers and their workers, the DOLE said, have a shared responsibility to ensure safe and healthful working conditions in accordance with the Labor Code and minimum public health standards.

The DOLE and the Department of Trade and Industry previously mandated the wearing of face masks at workplaces at all times except when eating and drinking.

In an effort to boost tourism, Marcos made wearing of masks optional in both indoor and outdoor settings, despite the fact that officials pointed out that the Philippines had more stringent mask regulations than its Southeast Asian neighbors.

This is despite the continued warnings of the Department of Health, which chairs the pandemic task force, that lifting the mask mandate may result in more Covid-19 infections.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.