DOT EYES RT-PCR TEST DEAL WITH PGH AT P1,800 TO BOOST DOMESTIC TOURISM
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the Department of Tourism is eyeing to link an agreement with the UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to secure an RT-PCR or nasal swab test for each tourist priced at P1,800 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Puyat said this aims to address the prohibitive cost of RT-PCR to travelers en route to spurring domestic travel but still in observance of health and safety protocols amid COVID-19.
“We are looking to tie up with UP-PGH. Government-to-government agreement. Worth P1,800 ang RT-PCR test, results will come out in 24 hours,” Puyat said.
Puyat earlier appealed for the uniform protocols in local government units in terms of regulating tourism destinations.
As it is, the regulation of tourism destinations depends on the discretion of LGUs except for Boracay which is under the jurisdiction of the national government, specifically the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Baguio City, on the other hand, only requires a negative antigen COVID-19 test which is cheaper than the RT-PCR test.
Puyat said the DOT already released P10 million of its budget out of Bayanihan 2 to subsidize the RT-PCR test of tourism workers in Boracay to ensure safety.