Posible umanong sagutin ng Department of Tourism (DOT) ang kalahati ng magagastos ng mga turista para sa COVID-19 testing ayon kay DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Ayon kay Sec. Puyat, makikipag-ugnayan ang DOT sa Philippine General Hospital para sa pagsasagawa ng RT-PCR test na nagkakahalaga lamang umano ng P1,900.
“The President already instructed the DOH (Department of Health) and the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) to put a price cap, but having said that we also have, we are going to have a tie up with the UP-PGH. They are only charging P1,900 for the RT PCR and the results come out in 24 hours,” pahayag ni Sec. Puyat.
Dagdag pa niya, “Then, we are looking at how to probably make travel vouchers. Because mura na nga yung P1,900, but then, gusto pa namin mas affordable, so we’re looking at making it, parang subsidizing 50 percent of the RT PCR in UP-PGH.”
Sa pagluwag ng restriksyon sa turismo, ilang tourist destinations ang binuksan sa bansa para sa mga lokal na turista.
“Today Coron, Palawan is opening and Siargao. Finally. They’ve already been under modified GCQ (general community quarantine) for quite some time. The LGUs were hesitant to open. So it’s really up to the LGU if they’re going to open or not. So we’re quite happy that they finally decided,” ulat ni Sec. Puyat.
Bagama’t may ilang lugar na handa nang tumanggap ng mga turista, may ilan din katulad ng Dumaguete City, Siquijor, at Davao City na ipinagpaliban muna ang pagbubukas dahil na rin sa banta ng COVID-19 sa bansa at ayon kay Sec. Puyat, naiintindihan niya at nirerespeto ang desisyong ito ng ilang lokal na pamahalaan.
Kamakailan, pumirma ang DOH at ang Department of Trade and Industry sa isang joint administrative order na naglalagay ng price cap sa RT-PCR testing sa pribadong institusyon sa halagang P4,500 hanggang P5,000, habang P3,800 naman sa mga pampublikong testing centers.
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