DAVAO CITY – The city government lauded President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday for complying with the requirement to present a 24 to 72-hour negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result before his exit from the Davao International Airport (DIA) recently.
In a statement, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said: “The city government of Davao and the people of our city would like to thank President Rody for being our role model for everyone to follow.”
Mayor Sara said the President’s compliance with the city’s safety protocols at the airport serves as a reminder to all incoming passengers that nobody is exempted from observing the guidelines set to protect Dabawenyos and those in the neighboring cities and provinces.
“This also emphasizes to everyone that the RT-PCR is still the best test available and cannot be substituted with rapid test kits or antigen tests,” she said.
The President presented an RT-PCR test negative result dated Oct. 18, in compliance with the city government’s airport safety protocol being implemented at the DIA to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases here.
His negative RT-PCR test was immediately submitted to the records section of the airport.
The mayor has consistently reminded Davao-bound airline passengers to secure an RT-PCR test result before their flights; the city also offers the same diagnostic test for passengers unable to do so.
Still, Mayor Sara reiterated that passengers who don’t want to wait for 15 hours for their results at the airport’s diagnostic center should opt to have their RT-PCR testing taken before their flight. (PNA)