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Palace is confident that the PH will recover from the pandemic.

Malacanang is increasingly confident in the Philippines’ ability to recover economically from the Covid-19 outbreak.

Following the declaration that “the end is in sight” for the pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles made this comment.

Cruz-Angeles named the easing of the face mask regulation by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as one of the initiatives anticipated to boost economic growth.

She stated at a press conference held by the Palace, “We are continuing with our economic recovery program, and our very recent eased mask requirement [is] also related to that one.”

She had the same opinion as the director of the WHO, stating that the Philippines’ economy is looking up.

She continued, “If the WHO is positive, then so are we in our approach to recovery from this pandemic.”

The president’s decision to permit the voluntary use of face masks in open regions and unpopulated outdoor locations with sufficient ventilation was earlier praised by Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion.

Concepcion, a member of the Private Sector Advisory Council, claimed that removing the face mask requirement would restore some sense of normalcy for Filipinos.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region’s tourism will be able to catch up in the race of the sector recovery, according to a separate statement from tourism secretary Christina Frasco.

According to a statement from the DOT, “the DOT is optimistic that the lifting of the mask mandate will allow the Philippines to gradually catch up in the race to the recovery of tourism in the ASEAN region as this is seen to build more confidence in travel, spur economic activity, and enhance people-to-people connectivity into and around the country.

Face masks must still be worn in indoor, private, or public settings, including onboard public transportation by land, air, or sea, and outdoor settings where physical distance cannot be maintained, according to Executive Order No. 3, which the President signed on Monday.

Seniors, people with impaired immune systems, and those who have not finished their primary Covid-19 vaccine series are “strongly urged” to use face masks.

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