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Gov. Jubahib orders use of QR code scanning for speedy contact tracing of Covid-19 cases

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Davao del Norte Governor Edwin I. Jubahib has issued an executive order employing the quick response (QR) code scanning as a mechanism to expedite contact tracing for coronavirus cases in the province.

EO No. 53 said the QR code scanning will be implemented with the use of the Davao del Norte Covid-19 contact tracing system (DCCTS).

“The QR Code Scanning through the use of the Davao del Norte COVID-19 Contact Tracing System (DCCTS) shall be employed for the sole purpose of recording the person’s entry at any given place and time within Davao del Norte Province. The basic personal information and related data collected in the DCCTS shall be used for no other purpose other than to support and expedite the tracing of persons within the Province who may have contact with an infected person in the event that a positive Covid-19 case is reported in the Province,” Jubahib said in the EO.

He said the local government units (LGUs) in the province shall be responsible in the registration of their respective constituents.

“They may adopt their own strategy to efficiently conduct the registration of their constituents for the QR Code,” he said.

The governor said private establishments, religious institutions, churches, schools, local and national government offices within Davao del Norte are required to provide their own IT equipment to download and install DCCTS scanning application, which will be used to scan the QR Code.

All transacting public including all personnel of private and government offices, must submit themselves to the QR Code scanning before they are allowed entry to the office building/premises, he said.

In the event that a positive Covid-19 case is reported in the province, he said only the Incident Commander of the Provincial Covid-19 Incident Management Team is authorized to access the QR Code database.

The Incident Commander shall forward the data to the City/Municipal COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force Incident Commander for appropriate contact tracing, monitoring, and isolation.

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