‘Bating Filipino’, the new way of greeting another person amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 23) — The government is promoting another way of greeting another person while ensuring health safety amid the pandemic.

House Resolution No. 408 urges the government to promote placing one's palm at the center of the chest together with a slight nod as a customary Filipino gesture of goodwill. This is more commonly known as "Bating Filipino."

The resolution was filed by Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando in July 2019, and was officially adopted last February 2020.

This intends to replace the usual handshake to reduce 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.

Fernando told CNN Philippines’ News.PH that the new way of Filipino greeting shows sincerity and respect towards another person.

The representative added that government agencies, specifically the Department of Education, should help in spreading awareness about this.

A video has been circulating online that promotes the use of such greeting.