TGP urges IATF, LGUs to require only antigen test from vaccinated travelers

Talino at Galing ng Pinoy (TGP) Rep. Jose J. Teves Jr. has asked the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and local government units to relax travel requirements for fully-vaccinated travelers by replacing the RT-PCR negative test result with that of the cheaper Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
In House Resolution No. 2285 which he filed last Oct. 11, 2021, Congressman Teves noted that the IATF has issued Resolution No. 142 allowing interzonal movement of travelers subject to the strict health protocols of the receiving LGU.
However, he pointed out that a number of LGUs still require a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result for persons entering their respective borders regardless of vaccination status.
Considering the lowering of the alert level in the National Capital Region as evidenced by the continuing decline in the COVID-19 positivity rate, the RT-PCR requirement imposed by several LGUs is a burden to fully vaccinated travelers due to its expensive cost and long processing time, Cong. Teves stated.
“In order to ease the burden of fully vaccinated travelers without compromising the safety of the receiving LGUs, it is urged that the RT-PCR requirement be replaced by the less expensive, accurate and faster Antigen Test,” he stressed.
He likewise enjoined LGUs to support his resolution at the IATF as it would be the key to the speedy recovery of the economy especially in provinces and towns where livelihood and tourism have been severely impacted by the pandemic.

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