Local tourists can now avail of an RT-PCR test at half the price, the Department of Tourism said Monday in a bid to further support the travel and tourism industry in 2021.
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Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that the original price of P1,500 for a swab test at the Philippine Children's Medical Center has been slashed to P750.
"It is my pleasure to announce today that we are expanding this RT-PCR testing subsidy program for our tourists. Through this partnership, DOT [Department of Tourism] further lowers the cost of the RT-PCR test," Puyat said.
The partnership deal was signed by the DOT, PCMC, and the Tourism Promotions Board.
A total of P8.7 million will be used from special contingency fund to subsidize the 50% of the cost of the RT-PCR testing. This will benefit 11,600 domestic tourists, she said.
Last month, authorities set the price of RT-PCR tests from P3,800 to P5,000.
Puyat said many Filipinos want to travel, but the steep prices of COVID testing hinder them from booking a local vacation. With this partnership, Puyat hoped more people would travel.
The partnership will be in effect until June 2021, TBP chief operating officer Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones said.
To avail of the of the discount, tourists must present a valid ID, proof of accommodation in a DOT-accredited establishment, and booking for transportation.
According to PCMC medical director Dr. Julius Lecciones, results for the RT-PCR test will be available within 24 hours.