The country's COVID-19 infections continue to grow after the entry of the highly transmissible Omicron variant in the country.
On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Department of Health reported 17,220 new COVID cases, while confirmed infections of the highly transmissible Omicron variant rose to 43.
As being infected with COVID-19 or the common flu may have the symptoms, getting tested is the only way to determine the type of infection one may possible have.
RT-PCR tests have been proven to be more accurate than rapid antigen kits. As per the Philippine Red Cross’ lead researcher Michael Tee, RT-PCR swab tests have a 99% accuracy rate, while saliva-based RT-PCR tests have an accuracy rate of 98.23%—both making such “remain the gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19.”
Thankfully, there are establishments offering services for COVID-19 RT-PCR testing not only on-site but also at home and drive-thru for your safety and convenience. Here are some of them.
Philippine Red Cross
Cost: P2,000 for PRC’s saliva COVID-19 test; P3,800 to P5,000 for its RT-PCR test
Results: You may wait for their email or check their tracker here
Appointment: You may book your saliva or RT-PCR test here. You may pay for it via GCash or GrabPay via PayMongo
Address: The tests can be conducted at the PCR’s headquarters in Mandaluyong City or their molecular laboratory in Port Area, Manila
Cost: P2,800 for booth swab; P3,800 for home service; park-and-swab is also available but prices may vary
Results: In 24-36 hours
Appointment: Walk-ins are accepted for booth swab in select branches; for home service and park-and-swab, you may email [email protected]
Address: You may check out its branches offering PCR testing here
Cost: P1,500 for Red Cross Saliva Test plus P700 same-day booking and P400 advance booking via Angkas
Results: In 24-48 hours
Appointment: You may book an appointment for home service in advance or the same day here
Cost: P4,800 for swabbing without medical check-up, P6,000 for swabbing with medical check-up
Results: In 12-24 hours
Appointment: You may book an appointment via its official website
Patients First Medical and Diagnostics Center
Cost: P3,300 for STAT RT-PCR; P2,800 for Routine RT-PCR
Results: Within 24 hours for STAT RT-PCR; within 48-72 hours for Routine RT-PCR
Appointment: Walk-ins are accepted but booking an appointment is highly advised
Address: 3/F Mercury Drug Bld, Glorietta 3 Ayala Center, Parkway Dr, Makati, Metro Manila and 1418 Kamias Road Corner Anonas Ext, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila