DILG-10: LGUs' apps must be integrated with StaySafe.PH

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 9 (PIA)--To strengthen the existing contact tracing systems in the region, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 urges local government units (LGUs) to integrate their current contact tracing applications to StaySafe.Ph.

"This will be one way for us to have real time data and at the same time kanang masaligan nato nga database kung asa immediately we would know kung kinsa tong atong mga kaigsuonan nga na-expose sa usa ka COVID-19 positive patient," DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, April 8. 

(This will be one way for us to have real time data and at the same time a database that we can rely on where we can immediately know those who are exposed to a COVID-19 positive patient.)

The regional director added that having a unified contact tracing application will make it easier for government authorities and medical experts to keep track of the cases all over the country and carry out decisive actions to stem the rapid transmission of the virus.

StaySafe.Ph app, the country’s official contact tracing, health condition reporting, and social distancing system, also targets to complement the efforts of more than 250,000 contact tracers in the country. 

For LGUs that still do not have contact tracing applications, Agabe said they can use the StaySafe.Ph as "this will be the national government's official digital contact tracing system so this is readily available for their use at no cost."

Currently, the Regional Inter Agency Task Force (RIATF)-10 issued a resolution enjoining all LGUs in the region to adopt the use of StaySafe.Ph.

Agabe also added that they have issued an advisory to all LGUs to do extensive contact tracing in order to refrain the surge of COVID-19 cases like in Luzon. 

“Ang atoa is muabot na kini siya sa third degree, buot ipasabot (We are aiming to reach up to third degree; meaning) tracing should be done to include identifying close contacts of not only the COVID-19 positive patients but also individuals exposed by the suspect and probable cases," he said.

On the enforcement of the minimum public health standards, Agabe said they urged the LGUs not to limit only on penalizing violators of the protocols but also to include community service. 

He added that LGUs must still enforce strict observance of the minimum public health standards because even if a person has already been inoculated, there is still a chance to get the virus if the protocols are not observed. (RTP/PIA10)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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