Magalong assures digital contact tracing app secured, safe to use

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2020   •   479

Contact tracing czar and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong assured the public on Thursday (September 3) that StaySafe, a digital contact tracing application, is safe to use.

Magalong said the app is secured and has undergone meticulous evaluation by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

He also said the app can be integrated into the existing contact tracing system of local government units.

Alam po namin na marami na pong local government unit ang may kaniya-kaniya pong digital contact tracing application. Kaya hindi na po kailangan na mag-back to zero sila (We know there are local government units that have their own digital contact tracing application so there is no need for them to go back to zero),” he said.

StaySafe application can be downloaded for free.

Several business establishments in Metro Manila will use the application to lessen queues in manually filling out forms for contact tracing.

MultiSys Technologies Corporation CEO and StaySafe Developer David Almirol Jr. said app users will only need to present their QR code in malls, restaurants, and other establishments for their profile to be uploaded.

“Imagine habang gamit gamit mo ang StaySafe at naglalakad ka sa kalye, so sasabihin ng StaySafe, may na detect ka 3 meters to 5 meters confirmed case. So mag-iingat ka. Magso-social distancing ka. Ganoon lang ka simple po (Imagine using StaySafe and you’re walking. StaySafe will alert you that it has detected a confirmed case 3 to 5 meters from you. So you will take extra precautions, you will exercise social distancing. It’s that simple),” he said. -AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

QC gov’t to launch KyusiPass app to boost contact tracing efforts

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Government is set to launch KyusiPass application to boost its contact tracing efforts.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the contact tracing app can help the city keep track of who is visiting establishments within its jurisdiction.

“Currently, our businesses are requiring their guests to fill-up health declaration forms. Through our KyusiPass, they will just tap their QR code onto the scanner and their information, including their name and mobile number, will automatically be sent to our servers handled by our City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU),” she said.

Belmonte said each individual with a valid mobile number who is residing, working, or doing business in Quezon City is required to get a personal QR code. They can register by signing up on the SafePass website, SafePass Facebook chatbot, and through SMS.

Meanwhile, CESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz assures app users that their data will remain private and protected.

“Our QCitizens have nothing to worry about because their data will be protected and secured. Only us in CESU can access their information, and only if we need to trace the contacts of a ‘positive’ visitor from a specific establishment,” he noted. AAC

IATF requires PH establishments to adopt Safety seal, Stay Safe contact tracing app

Robie de Guzman   •   December 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) is requiring all establishments in the country to adopt the Stay Safe application and the generation of its QR code to trace those who have interacted with novel coronavirus patients, Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the IATF approved the recommendation of the Office of the Cabinet Secretariat to implement the Safety Seal Certification Program in addition to StaySafe.ph during their meeting on Thursday.

“All establishments, such as government offices, private companies, hotels and business establishments and public transportation units are thus required to adopt the Safety Seal,” Roque said in a statement.

The Stay Safe mobile application can be downloaded for free and can function without mobile prepaid load.

Those who use the app can just take a photo of the QR codes in malls, banks, restaurants, trains, and buses instead of manually filling out contact-tracing forms.

It will also notify them if a person they had close contact with in these places has tested positive for COVID-19.

The IATF has directed the departments of trade and industry, health, labor and employment, interior and local government, tourism, and transportation to issue the necessary joint memorandum circular to detail the requirements to secure a Safety Seal which will be displayed in entrances of all establishments.

‘No QR code, no entry’ policy, ipinatutupad sa Valenzuela City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 5, 2020

Epektibo na simula ngayong araw ang ‘no QR code, no entry’ policy sa Valenzuela City bilang bahagi ng mga hakbang kontra sa pagkalat ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Sa ilalim ng revised City Ordinance No. 783, obligadong magpa-rehistro sa Valenzuela Tracing Application (ValTrace) ang lahat ng mga residente at bisita na nais pumasok sa alinmang establisimyento sa lungsod.

Matapos magpa-rehistro, maaaring makuha dito ang QR code na ipapakita upang makapasok sa mga establisimyento sa lungsod.

Maging ang mga establisimyento ay kailangan ding mag-download ng merchant version ng ValTrace para sa QR Code scanners.

Naniniwala ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Valenzuela na mas ligtas ang sistemang ito at maaaring gamitin bilang kapalit ng contact tracing forms na posible pang maging daan ng pagkalat ng coronavirus disease.

“With this, the city government of Valenzuela established an automated contact tracing system through the use of QR codes to provide safe, timely, and more complete contact identification and follow-up compared with the traditional system,” ang pahayag ng pamahalaang panlungsod.

Babala ng mga otoridad, maaaring pagmultahin ang mga indibidwal na lalabag sa naturang ordinansa.

“One, kung pinapahiram nila yung QR code nila; kasi dapat individually meron eh. Kung pinapahiram nila (sa) ibang tao, so technically parang yung identity nila pinapahiram nila, so that’s one. And also kapag mali yung data na binigay,” ang paliwanag ni Lauro Caiña, ang information officer ng Valenzuela City.

Aabot sa P1,000 ang multa para sa unang paglabag, P3,000 para sa ikalawang paglabag, at P5,000 at 30 araw na pagkakakulong ang parusa para sa ikatlong paglabag.

Ang mga establisimyento namang hindi susunod sa polisiya ay maaaring maharap sa multa at suspensiyon ng prangkisa o business permit.

Ayon kay Caiña, may ipinakalat na monitoring teams ang lokal na pamahalaan para bantayan ang pagpapatupad ng nasabing ordinansa. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

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