The Embassy hereby informs the public of the announcement by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) that it will no longer receive specimens for COVID-19 testing chargeable to PhilHealth for repatriates and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) effective 14 October 2020.
The Philippine government is looking to tap government-run laboratories to conduct COVID-19 tests previously performed by the PRC. Repatriates and returning OFWs should therefore anticipate delays in the processing of their COVID-19 swab test results upon arrival. Results are now projected to take 5 to 7 days, up from the previous 24 hours to 3 days processing time delivered by the PRC.
The full announcement of the PRC is available below.
For the information and guidance of all.