House starts probe on ‘yellow card’ vaccine certification system
MANILA: The House of Representatives started its investigation on the controversy involving the issuance of international certifications of vaccination (ICV) to Filipino travellers and workers abroad.
Lawmakers, during a hearing by the committee on overseas workers affairs, questioned the collection of P370 by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) for the so-called “yellow cards.”
AMMBIS-OWA party-list Rep. Sharon Garin, economic affairs committee chair, specifically questioned the P300 charge for a yellow card and the P70 for convenience fee paid to Fintech firm PisoPay.
The congressmen stressed that the ICV should be free under Section 12 of Republic Act 11525, or the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme of 2021, which states that the issuance, amendment and replacement of vaccination cards shall be free of charge.
They added that the charge is just a