At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
MANILA – A Philippine official warned Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) against individuals offering swab tests for a fee at the airport, reiterating that the test is free for returning OFWs.
“We want to emphasize that the swab test being conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard at the airport is free. The specimen being brought to government laboratories is also free. The OFWs who are [at the airport] need not pay anything,” said OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.
Cacdac made the statement during a recent virtual forum, advising arriving OFWs to avoid those offering swab testing at the airport in exchange for a fee.
There have been reports of OFWs being asked to pay up to P20,000 (Dh1,519) for the immediate release of their PCR test result for Covid-19.
Cacdac said that the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Transportation are investigating the matter.
“We advised our OFWs not to engage the offer at the airport to pay for the test,” he said. CAM/Expat Media
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