Tourism

DOT seeks price cap for coronavirus tests

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is urging Malacanang to put a price cap on testing methods used to detect Covid-19 to boost the country’s tourism.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is urging Malacanang to put a price cap on testing methods used to detect Covid-19 to boost the country’s tourism.

Puuyat cited the need to make travel easy and affordable amid the pandemic.

“While the DOT acknowledges and puts paramount importance on the safety of visitors, locals, and the tourism workforce, the Department likewise finds it imperative to address the urgent need to impose a price cap on these accepted COVID-19 testing methods to promote domestic tourism, which in turn can generate employment and stimulate economic recovery,” Puyat said.

The cost of PCR tests run by the thousands, which climbs higher when a person wants the results released earlier than usual.

Destinations like Baguio and Boracay require negative test results taken within 72 hours before the scheduled visit to the area, which could prove costly on the part of the visitor.

“We likewise appeal to the accredited test centers to provide budget-friendly but credible COVID-19 diagnostic tests,” Puyat added.

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