The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Health (DoH) will issue a joint order listing the price range for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) tests and test kits in the next two days.
Last November 4, President Rodrigo Duterte directed the two agencies to determine, formulate and implement a price ceiling for the tests to ensure that the public can afford them.
During a briefing on Monday, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the DTI and DoH were finalizing the joint administrative order on the price cap.
He noted that the order would likely be issued in the next two days.
“We are serious in deter-mining the price cap on testing at ‘yun po ay ia-announce ng DoH. Ni-report ko na rin po sa ating Pangulo n’ung kami po ay nagkita last Friday sa APEC meeting (We are serious in determining the price cap on Covid-19 testing and that will be announced by the DoH. I have already reported this to the President when we saw each other during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting),” Lo-pez said.
The presidential order also directs the agencies to continuously monitor and review the prices and the market supply of Covid-19 test kits to ensure that testing centers will be providing affordable testing to the public.