REGIONAL-NEWS

DILG Antique adopts StaySafe.PH contact tracing app

May 7, 2021

Following the directive of the DILG to maximize the use of the StaySafe.PH application, DILG Antique started to adopt and use the official government contact tracing application within its jurisdiction.

StaySafe.ph engages the public on COVID-19 with up-to-date information and reminds and allows the government to oversee and respond to the people’s needs by making informed and timely decisions to keep our country safe during the pandemic.

“The use of the StaySafe.PH is adopted by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to strengthen the contact tracing efforts and to track down the possible carriers of the COVID-19 virus. This will make our employees, visitors, and other stakeholders feel safe when they visit our office,” DILG Antique Provincial Director (PD) Cherryl P. Tacda said.

All DILG Antique personnel and visitors entering the DILG Antique Provincial Office will be asked to download the StaySafe.PH app on their smartphone and to answer its health declaration. “Through the app, visitors and employees of DILG Antique can easily register, report their health status, and provide a comprehensive contact tracing report,” Tacda said.

The DILG recently renewed its call to all local government units (LGUs) and the general public to use and patronize StaySafe.PH application for digital contact tracing to boost the country’s contact tracing program amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

DILG Officer-In-Charge Bernardo C. Florece Jr. said that the online application is an effective tool for contact tracing nationwide to ensure consistent and unified contact tracing reporting. “Instead of using other apps, it is imperative for LGUs to use the StaySafe app for a unified system that will allow seamless, fast, and efficient contact tracing efforts.”

Tacda likewise urged the public to use the StaySafe.ph application to update their health status will help the government and health authorities to easily keep track of all the COVID-19 cases. “The app also complements the efforts of the province’s contact tracers who do physical contact tracing,” she said.

Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan E. Malaya said that the StaySafe.PH app will not be used for surveillance purposes contrary to what is being circulated. “The StaySafe.PH app will not be used for surveillance because it does not use GPS (Global Positioning System), but rather Bluetooth technology via the Google Apple Exposure Notification System,” he pointed out in an official statement.

He further said that the app passed the National Privacy Commission’s scrutiny.

The StaySafe.PH app is currently being used by millions of individual users across the country which can be downloaded by either Apple or Android users for free.

To use the app, they may scan the QR (Quick Response) Code posted at DILG Antique’s entrance using their smartphones.

On March 29, 2021, the StaySafe.PH Application System was donated to DILG by Multisys Technologies Corporation that shall serve as the government’s digital contact tracing application to ensure consistent and unified contact tracing reports.