IATF OKs use of automatic contact tracing via smart messaging system

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) - The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority to use automatic contact tracing through a smart messaging system.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Sunday said this would further strengthen and improve the use of the government's contact tracing system StaySafe.PH.

To ensure interoperability and integration of all contact tracing applications in the StaySafe.PH system, Roque added that an initial beta-testing of the smart messaging system will be conducted in Pasig City on May 1.

There will also be a beta-testing in the consortium of Antipolo and the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong and Valenzuela on May 1, with access to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS).

Roque said the IATF also approved the transfer of ownership of the CDRS to the Department of Health, and to immediately integrate it with the StaySafe.PH system and other local contact tracing applications.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government was tasked to lead the overall implementation of the contact tracing system, while the Department of Information and Communications Technology will lead the national interoperability of the system.