Metro Manila, June 23 — The Philippine government urges another way of greeting another person while ensuring health safety amid the pandemic.
House Resolution No. 408, more commonly known as “Bating Filipino”, was filed by Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando in July 2019. This was officially adopted in February 2020.
The below video is popularizing the new way of Filipino greeting.
It promotes the Filipinos’ gesture of goodwill by placing one’s palm at the center of the chest together with a slight nod.
This intends to replace the usual handshake to reduce the transmission of the virus causing COVID-19.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are being reminded to always practice social distancing since the virus can be passed through droplets coming from an infected person.
Representative Bayani Fernando added that government agencies, specifically the Department of Education, should help in spreading awareness about this.##