‘Gagatasan na naman?’ Returning OFWs asked to pay P20,000 for immediate Covid-19 test result

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A top official from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) revealed that returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are being asked to pay as much as P20,000 for faster Covid-19 test results. 

PRC Chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said that the PRC was allowed to enter the international airports in Manila, Clark, and Cebu as many OFWs have asked PRC to directly facilitate their swab test. 

Due to the unsettled nearly P1-billion debt of PhilHealth from them, PRC pulled out its Covid-19 test service to the government.

“May nagtext sa akin galing Washington DC. Ang sabi, ang charge sa kanya P10,000. Mukhang may nabebendesyunan doon,” he said in an interview at ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo. 

“Isa pa, ‘My sister paid P7,000 to get the result in 24 hours. Naghintay siya beyond 24 hours and got it only after she expressed her rage. For 12 hours, it costs P10,000, and for 6 hours, it costs P20,000,” he added. 

In an earlier report, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed that about 6,000 OFWs are stranded in Manila due to testing delay as a result of the halted PRC service. 

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