DOLE: Masking in workplaces no longer mandatory

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma says that the wearing of face masks in workplaces is no longer mandatory. The report on this was published by the Philippine Star last November 4, 2022.

Laguesma says that the easing of the face mask policy is in accordance with Executive Order No. 7 [see Philippines Institutes Voluntary Masking In Most Settings].

He adds that employers may opt to implement a policy requiring face masks after taking into account the hazards and risks in the workplace.

Editor’s Note: Laguesma should not have commented on the capacity of employers to implement mandatory wearing of face masks in the workplace, because he has actually undermined the authority of the Philippine President.

We want to remind people, if employees refuse to follow their employers then they have a legal basis for doing so. We think that if employees push for the removal of mask mandates, then employers will have no choice but to make it mandatory.

Just like in the push for mandatory vaccination, mandatory masking cannot flourish when you know your rights, and you understand the science that backs up your medical decision. [Read Danish mask study now published: Masks do not reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection, WHO mask study seriously flawed, Study: Immunocompromised People Should Avoid Repeated Masking, Study finds carbon dioxide levels rises beyond acceptable safety levels in masked children, Study shows 90% of particles can pass through cloth masks making them useless for preventing COVID transmission, Meta-study shows that masks are dangerous].

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