IATF requires establishments, public transpo to adopt StaySafe tracing app

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) — The country's COVID-19 task force on Friday released a resolution requiring the use of the StaySafe contact tracing app and its QR code in all establishments and public transportation.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases adopted the recommendation of Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles to implement the Safety Seal Certification Program in all government offices, private companies, hotels, business establishments, and public transportation units to prove it is sanitized and safe. The new guidelines on contract tracing were contained in the newly-released IATF Resolution No. 87.

In order to secure the Safety Seal, these establishments, offices, and PUV units need to adopt the use of StaySafe app and display its QR code in all entrances or visible spots.

In November, the IATF mandated national government agencies and local government units to use StaySafe, the government’s preferred contact tracing application to track down contacts of COVID-19 patients.

About two million Filipinos have registered in the platform, while around 3,000 businesses have also enlisted to use the locally-developed app as their digital log book.

The government launched StaySafe in April to improve contact tracing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. The platform, which can be accessed through its website staysafe.ph or be downloaded on smartphones, requires users to register through their mobile numbers. Just like a health declaration form, they will be asked to choose which among the symptoms of COVID-19 applies to them to determine their health condition.

The IATF directed the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Tourism, and the Department of Transportation to issue joint guidelines.