Unified Contact Tracing App for Mandaluyong, Pasig, Valenzuela, Antipolo
Date posted on March 5, 2021
The city governments of Mandaluyong, Valenzuela, Pasig, and Antipolo have partnered to integrate the use of their contact tracing applications for more efficient measures that will contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Mayors Vico Sotto of Pasig, Andrea Ynares of Antipolo, Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela and Carmelita Abalos of Mandaluyong Drafted a network consortium agreement to streamline and interconnect their digital contact tracing solutions within their area of jurisdictions by virtually signing a data-sharing agreement for their cities contact tracing apps namely the Valenzuela Contact Tracing, PasigPass, Antipolo Bantay Covid-19 and Manda Track.
“Napakagandang balita po nito lalo na sa mga Pasigueñong madalas pumunta sa Mandaluyong. Hindi na natin kailangang mag-download ng panibagong QR code. Hindi na rin natin kailangang mag-fill up ng mga contact tracing forms. Iisang QR code na lang.” – Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto
Ynares cited the importance of unifying efforts to combat the pandemic, hoping that the agreement would serve as a model for more local government units (LGUs).
Meanwhile, Abalos urged the public to remain vigilant and observe the minimum health standards while the country is still under the threat of Covid-19.
“Habang unti-unting lumuluwag ang mga quarantine restrictions, mahalaga pa rin ang patuloy na pagsasagawa ng contact tracing system sa bawat lungsod at sa buong bansa (As quarantine restrictions are gradually eased, it is still important to continue to implement massive contact tracing in every city and across the country),” he said.
Gatchalian said the use of digital contact tracing solutions under the agreement is covered by a safety net and adequate safeguards, which are covered by the data-sharing agreement under Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012.
The confidentiality of data and all sensitive information will be strictly observed under the agreement as various business establishments, including malls and department stores, in the cities of Valenzuela, Pasig, Antipolo, and Mandaluyong have already started implementing a “no QR code, no entry” policy.