The discounted RT-PCR test for qualified tourists at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center has been extended until December, the Tourism Promotions Board announced.
This extension cuts into half the 1,500-peso regular cost of RT-PCR test at PCMC and is seen to benefit some 13,000 qualified domestic tourists whose destinations require a negative RT-PCR result.
The Department of Tourism and TPB first signed an agreement with PCMC in December 2020 to subsidize 50 percent of the hospital’s RT-PCR testing cost wherein more than 15,000 domestic tourists were successfully swabbed from January to June this year.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that the Department of Tourism and TPB will continue to extend efforts as part of its strategic plans to market and promote the country as a safe tourism destination.
Puyat said, “We are pushing for these initiatives to help our economy recover.”