Ako Bicol solon supports lifting of face mask mandate indoors


Ako Bicol Rep. Zaldy Co backed the lifting of face mask mandate indoors, saying it is “quiet justified” especially with its effects on the economy.

“The lifting of some mask mandates indoors I believe is quite justified. Further calibrated lifting of COVID restrictions plus the economic impact of the 2022 and 2023 national budgets will result in more economic growth,” said Co.

The Bicolano solon noted that Department of Health earlier proved the success of safety protocols, and the continuing COVID bulletins show results of consistent defense against COVID.

“DOH and the local governments have had COVID-19 spread under good manageable conditions for many months now. Fears of coronavirus resurgence have been addressed with continuing vigilance which has proven effective,” he said.

“With the continuing reopening of the economy and lifting of COVID restrictions, I expect gross domestic product or GDP to further improve in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2022,” he added.

“Swift implementation and high agency 2023 budget absorptive capacity would carry forward that GDP growth,” he continued.

Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said that the President would issue an executive order making the wearing of face mask indoors voluntary.

“We have taken note of the most important 2023 budget requests of the DOH and other agencies, as well as from our colleagues here in the House. These points are crucial to sustaining the public health and economic gains we have earned against COVID and economic difficulties. Here in the House, we are preparing for the bicameral conference committee on the budget bill, so we can make sure those gains are achieved in 2023,” said Co.

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