Having discussed the matter in a joint hearing, lawmakers have resolved to strongly urge the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to set a single, unified contact tracing program for the country to use.
With the Covid19 pandemic gripping the nation for well over a year now, House committee members on health and information and communications technology questioned the lack of a centralized tracing system from the national government.
According to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the multitude of contact tracing applications (apps), while each local government is entitled to their preference, creates “confusion” regarding which app to utilize.
Magalong said that rather than having the various developers trying to outdo each other, it would be best to unify the data from other apps into StaySafe.PH, which the national government recommends.
However, the director of the Department of Health’s (DOH) knowledge management and information technology service Dr. Eric Tayag, explained that without certification from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) that StaySafe.PH was secure and technically feasible, the DOH could not accept the donation.
Last Mar. 15, the Metro Manila lockdown will have lasted for a year, as cases continue to rise all over the country.