MANILA, Philippines —All Local Government Units (LGU) were instructed to now use the StaySafe.ph application that will eventually be part of the digital platform for a pandemic response instead of their respective contract tracing system.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) spokesman, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya stated that instead of the LGU implementing and creating their contact tracing application, they suggest that the LGU would now adopt the use of the national government's official digital tracing system.
"We will soon fully implement the StaySafe application and we don't want to complicate the situation any further. It will be easier and more cost-efficient for LGUs to just use StaySafe instead of buying their own," Malaya said in a statement.
Furthermore, he said that the StaySafe app is needed in devising the full implementation of the national contract tracing system required in gathering data needed.
"Once we have a unified system, this will be a big boost to our digital contracting tracing efforts which will complement and assist in the work of our 255,000 contract tracers nationwide," he said.
The DILG spokesman also said that the LGUs can now access and use the application at no cost whatsoever.
As required by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), should the LGU have its contact tracing app, it must be integrated into the StaySafe application.
The DILG is now finalizing the terms for the app developer Multisys to turnover the application to the DILG as the end-use and the head of the NTF Task Group on Contact Tracing.
The IATF assured that the data collected will be handed over to a centralized contact tracing data repository that is linked and will be integrated with the appropriate lab results.
At the Department of Health's surveillance and contact tracing platform, all the data collected from the contact tracing application is where it will be linked and centralized.