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House adopts reso seeking to establish unified contact tracing system

By: - Reporter / @KHallareINQ
/ 05:59 PM March 25, 2021

GOING DIGITAL Passengers scan QR codes on their phones during the launch of a contact tracing app for MRT 3 users. —NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives on Thursday adopted a resolution urging the government’s COVID-19 task force to establish a unified contact tracing system.

Through voice voting, House lawmakers adopted House Resolution 1680, which was authored by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and several of his colleagues.

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Under the resolution, it urges the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to establish a unified contact tracing protocol “for a more effective health emergency data monitoring system.

The resolution also seeks to designate a government agency or body “to serve as the central repository of a unified contact tracing information and database that complies with the Data Privacy Act of 2012.”

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Malacañang previously admitted that contact tracing is the “weakest point” in the Philippines’ response against COVID-19 pandemic, with Palace spokesman Harry Roque saying that the StaySafe.ph contact tracing application has not yet been fully deployed despite the government earlier requiring its use.

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