THE City Government of Davao Airport Health Monitoring Team has recorded a total of 21 persons apprehended for presenting tampered RT-PCR results in five months of community quarantine.
This after five travelers were apprehended on Monday, December 22, after presenting tampered RT-PCR results upon arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport.
City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) and Airport Health Monitoring Team head Gene Rose Tecson did not divulge the names of the passengers who arrived on the same flight from Manila. They are bound for another province.
"Four of them came with fake Philippine Red Cross RT-PCR test results and one with fake result from Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory. All of them are not residents of Davao," Tecson said.
As per airport protocol, all five immediately underwent swab testing but were immediately handed over to the Sasa Police Station for investigation.
Tecson said the Airport Health Monitoring Team has apprehended a total of 21 air passengers who presented fake RT-PCR test results from mid-July when the city started requiring a negative RT-PCR test result upon arrival in the city.
The result must be valid at least 48 to 72 hours.
Tecson still expects more passengers who will do such a scheme, especially that more people are coming home for the holidays.
With this, the Airport Health Monitoring Team is strengthening its verification process to stop such a scheme.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has been saying that all Davao City-bound passengers who bear tampered RT-PCR test results are people who do not want to wait for their result and go out of the airport immediately. She said it is very dangerous.
"Kanang mga ing-ani nga mga tao they are really very dangerous, because the fact nga dili sila mo-submit og testing wala ta kahibalo if they are asymptomatic or kung naa man silay simtomas, ginatago nila. Kani sila will cause or become another community transmission nga hinungdan nato (These type of people are really very dangerous because they do not submit to testing and we do not know whether they are asymptomatic or they are hiding their symptoms. They will cause or become reasons for another community transmission)," she said.
The mayor has reiterated her reminder to all Davao-bound travelers that the testing at the Davao airport is free and to plan their travel ahead in order to avoid inconvenience.
"We'd like to remind everyone again: there is no need to present a fake RT-PCR result. There is a need to properly plan your travel or your trip so that kung gi-opt ninyo nga diri sa Davao Airport magpatesting and it is free, duna moy saktong oras nga i-allot sa inyohang schedule para sa paghulat sa inyohang test result (so that if you opt to be tested here in Davao Airport and it is free, you have some time to allot the waiting of your result in your schedule)," the mayor said. (CIO)