RT-PCR negative test still required to enter, exit Davao City

Maris Federez   •   July 14, 2021   •   460

The city government of Davao has announced that fully vaccinated passengers arriving at the Davao International Airport will still be required to present negative results of the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Initially, the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) said that vaccination cards will be used and then after two days I think they said that they will leave it to the local government units (LGUs). So we are still requiring RT-PCR testing,” Mayor Sara Duterte has earlier said.

“Even if an individual is fully vaccinated, it is still not a guarantee that they are free from COVID-19. It is still possible for an individual to be a carrier of the virus,” Mayor Sara noted.

Outbound passengers, on the other hand, will not be allowed to leave the airport without showing a negative RT-PCR test result.

This is part of the city’s continued enforcement of the Test before Travel Ordinance.

The Davao chief executive stated that through the said policy, entry of various variants of Covid-19 into the city will be prevented.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has earlier approved IATF Resolution No. 124-B which allows vaccination cards to be used as alternative passes to any testing requirements before travel or upon arrival at LGU of destination. —/mbmf

Pagpapababa sa presyo ng RT-PCR test pinag-aaralan ng DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Pinag-aaralan na ng Department of Health (DOH) kung maaaring mapababa ang presyo ng RT-PCR o swab test sa gitna ng lumulobong kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Ang hakbang ay kasunod na rin ng reklamo sa mataas na presyo ng test at dami ng mga nagpapasuri.

Ayon kay DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, inaalam na nila ang paraan kung paano mapapamura ang presyo ng swab test upang hindi gaanong mabigatan ang bulsa ng mga Pilipino.

Noong Setyembre 2021, sinabi ng DOH na dapat ay naglalaro lang sa P2,000 hanggang P3,000 ang presyo ng RT-PCR test sa mga pampubliko at pribadong laboratoryo.

Mula ito sa dating presyo na P3,000 hanggang P5,000.

PNP chief tests positive for COVID-19

Maris Federez   •   January 4, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday confirmed that PNP chief PGen. Dionardo Carlos has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement released to the media, the PNP said that Carlos is suspected to have acquired the Omicron variant.

“Last Sunday evening, 02Jan22, I subjected my close-in security, staff, and myself to RT-PCR (Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) tests due to reports of fever and chills experienced by my White House personnel,” Carlos said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, I too, tested positive including my duty driver and aide who were with me in the van Sunday morning,” he added.

Carlos said he also experienced fever, chills, and body sweats Sunday evening. He, however, said only his lower back pain remained come Monday.

As of Tuesday, Carlos confirmed that his temperature and other vital signs are normal. —/mbmf

41 countries in PH green list; 8 remain in red list — BI

Maris Federez   •   December 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced Thursday (December 16) that it would be implementing the updated policy on the country’s green, yellow, and red lists.

In an advisory, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), 41 countries have been included in the Philippines’ green list.

Included in the green list are: Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, Chad, People’s Republic of China, Comoros Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Hong Kong (Chinese Special Administrative Region), Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Montserrat, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saba (Special Municipality of The Kingdom of the Netherlands), Saint Barthelemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sint Eustatius, Sudan, Taiwan, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Togo, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates.

On the other hand, those in the red list are Andorra, France, Monaco, Northern Mariana Islands, Réunion, San Marino, South Africa, and Switzerland.

Countries not mentioned are automatically included in the yellow list.

Morente also said that following the set travel restrictions, those coming from the red list countries, or with a travel history there 14 days prior to arrival to the Philippines, may not be allowed entry.

Only Filipinos in the said red list countries who will be among the government or non-government-initiated repatriation flights or Bayanihan flights may enter.

Meanwhile, general travel policy applies to those coming from green and yellow list countries, Morente clarified.

“Only Filipinos, balikbayan, and those with long-term visas may enter the country, subject to quarantine policies for each list, as implemented by the Bureau of Quarantine,” he added.

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