, DILG to LGUs: Cease creating personal contact tracing methods; use Keep Protected, Docuneedsph

MANILA–In preparation for the complete implementation of the nationwide contact tracing system, the Division of the Inside and Native Authorities immediately requested LGUs to cease creating their very own methods and use the Keep Protected utility as a substitute.

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya mentioned that LGUs don’t want to obtain and implement their very own contact tracing apps as a result of the Keep Protected utility, which is the nationwide authorities’s official digital contact tracing system, is available for his or her use for gratis to them.

“Nevertheless, if the LGU has already procured its personal system and it’s getting used extensively, they will proceed with it supplied they combine it with the Keep Protected utility which is required below IATF Rules,” he mentioned.

Malaya mentioned that they’re now finalizing the phrases of the formal turn-over of the Keep Protected utility from the developer Multisys to the DILG as end-user and head of the NTF Process Group on Contact Tracing. “As soon as totally turned over to the DILG, we’ll conduct a workshop for all LGUs who’ve current contact tracing methods in order that these may be built-in with Keep Protected,” he added.

“As soon as we’ve a unified system, this shall be an enormous increase to our digital contracting tracing efforts which is able to complement and help within the work of our 255,000 contact tracers nationwide,” he mentioned.

Keep Protected is at present being utilized in Caloocan, Muntinlupa and by different native governments in Metro Manila and different high firms within the nation together with SM Supermalls, McDonalds, Jollibee Meals Company, Alliance World which incorporates Megaworld Company, Union Financial institution, Yuchengo Group of Corporations together with RCBC Financial institution, Filinvest, JG Summit which handles Robinsons Malls, Metrobank, Resto.ph, and Angkas, amongst others.

Final yr, the Inter-Company Process Power for the Administration of Rising Infectious Illnesses (IATF-EID) has required all nationwide authorities businesses and native authorities items to make use of StaySafe.ph, the federal government’s official contact tracing app, in a bid to spice up the federal government’s digital contact tracing efforts.

Digital contact tracing efforts within the nation are at present not unified, with native governments and personal institutions usually using their very own contact tracing methods which aren’t built-in into authorities methods.

“We are going to quickly totally implement the Keep Protected utility and we don’t wish to complicate the scenario any additional. Will probably be simpler and extra cost-efficient for LGUs to simply use Keep Protected as a substitute of shopping for their very own,” mentioned Malaya.

The most recent IATF issuance seeks to vary that, with it mandating that each one knowledge collected by means of digital contact tracing purposes utilized by COVID-19 well being amenities accredited by the well being division, short-term remedy and monitoring amenities, hospitals, institutions, workplaces, transportation autos and hubs, and native authorities items shall be submitted to a centralized contact tracing knowledge repository to be linked and built-in with applicable lab outcomes.

As soon as contact tracing knowledge is centralized, it should then be linked to the well being division’s surveillance and call tracing platform COVID Kaya or the COVID-19 doc repository system.

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