Davao City suspends RT-PCR testing at airport – tourism official


The Davao City government has temporarily suspended the conduct of free Real-Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR) testing for arriving passengers at the Davao International Airport (DIA), an official said Thursday, January 14.

This as City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) head Generose Tecson urged the neighboring local government units (LGUs) to pick up their locally stranded individuals (LSIs) at the airport.

“We are redirecting our resources to address the local transmission since this is the highest in the list of cases now and will resume testing once our Los Amigos Covid-19 Laboratory will start operations,” she said.

Tecson said non-Davao City flight passengers may still exit the airport even without the RT-PCR negative test as long as their LGUs will fetch them and they can present other needed documents.

She also said that arriving passengers with negative RT-PCR tests taken within 24 to 72 hours before their scheduled flights to the city are prioritized for exit from the DIA after checking their health declaration forms (HDFs).

For Davao City residents without negative RT-PCR test results to show, the city tourism chief said they will be monitored and they have to undergo the 14-day mandatory home quarantine.

Once the Los Amigos COVID-19 Laboratory is fully operational, she said the free RT-PCR testing at DIA will resume.

As of January 13, Davao City recorded a total of 1,376 active Covid-19 cases; 8,110 recoveries, and 468 deaths from the overall total of 9,954 confirmed positive cases since 2020.