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Zambales offers free antigen tests



OLONGAPO CITY, Zambales — After much hullabaloo, the Zambales Health Office (ZHO) is now offering Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for free to Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), essentials, and frontliners.

Posts by various netizens states that the P800 per test is pricey to workers earning a provincial minimum wage of P420 just to get back home from their work outside Zambales.

In a recent advisory by the ZHO, all people entering the province need to present a negative RAT result. The borders encompass the town of Sta. Cruz up to the town of Subic.

The new advisory states that APOR, essentials, and frontliners from Zambales will be provided with free RAT.

The Department of Health has put the province under Alert Level 2, while Olongapo City is under Alert Level 4.

The recorded Delta variant cases in Olongapo City has prompted the province to tighten its border control, ordering anyone to present an identification card and a negative RAT result.

The ZHO also stated that the border control will check for negative RAT results on employees who work in the cargo and delivery services of essential goods, APOR, contractors, employees of the Department of Public Works and HIghways, and other employees outside Zambales.

Anyone wishing to have RAT results need only to go to border checkpoints to have them checked.

For those who are not from Zambales, the RAT costs P800.