MANILA –The government continues to pursue violators as charges will be placed against those operating illegal swab testing centers and those forging fake COVID-19 swab test results.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra stated that operators of illegal swabbing centers are in clear violation of the local ordinances on business establishments or the Consumer Act and Republic Act 4688, also called the Act Regulating the Operation and Maintenance of Clinical Laboratories and Requiring the Registration of the Same.
On the other hand, those falsifying their medical certificates violates the Medical Act and Section 9 of the RA 11332, which states that a mandatory reporting of notifiable diseases should be done, and those found to falsification and/or use of falsified medical certification will be guilty.
The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) announced its warning against those faking their COVID-19 test results.
"We have received reports of falsified or fake negative results using the PGH SARS-CoV-2 Reverse Transcription PCR (polymerase chain reaction) Report forms. We wish to inform everyone to avoid dealing with unscrupulous individuals and be wary of suspicious-looking RT-PCR reports," PGH stated on its social media page.
For patients wanting to verify their test results or to make appointments, they can contact the PGH using the email address: [email protected].
Furthermore, many tourist spots, such as Boracay and El Nido Palawan, already reported blocking tourists from entering their borders because of falsified documents.
Source: Philippine News Agency (PNA)