By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Authorities have stepped up their monitoring of those coming into Negros Occidental after it was discovered that fake RT-PCR test results are still prevalent.
Dr. Zeaphard Caelian, head of the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT), said they discovered some websites are offering fake RT-PCR test results with functioning QR codes for travelers, and there is also data that appears.
Furthermore, if texted, the system also replies back.
However, Caelian again reiterated that they still have ways to know if the RT-PCR test result being submitted is fake, and that they contact the laboratory that performed the test directly and check if the name of the individual in question is on their list.
Caelian again reminded travelers attempting to enter the province not to transact with individuals who are processing fake documents, pointing out they are not only endangering themselves and the public, but also their own families.
Previously, the province had caught several individuals who have faked either their RT-PCR test results or their travel documents.
Submitting fake RT-PCR test results can earn a person criminal charges which include falsification of public documents and violating provisions of Republic Act 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Act./DGB, WDJ