Last night, the government made the announcement that the country is now under COVID-19 code red sublevel 2, and that consequently, Metro Manila is under community quarantine.
At first, there were a lot of questions about how what this community quarantine is and how it will be implemented, but things are starting to become clearer as the government provides more details. One major concern that remains, however, is how people entering or leaving the National Capital Region will be identified at the checkpoints to ensure that their purpose of travel is for work, official business, or other emergencies.
The Information and Communications Technology Industry Council of the Philippines (ICTIC), for its part, is urging the government to utilize QR code technology not just for identification purposes, but also for reporting and response. The agency said that a mobile application can be created within three days and can be used for three main purposes: General Application for citizens to declare their health status, Validation Application to be used for identification at government checkpoints, and Command Center Application to allow users to check real-time statistics and reporting tools.
The agency’s press release reads: “After downloading, people have to register basic information needed for verification at checkpoints. Apparently, this will not violate the Data Privacy Act as it is just similar to presenting IDs at checkpoints. In fact, it eliminates the chance of presenting fake IDs. The data can be stored via a cloud. If warranted, it can be deleted once it is no longer needed.”
“Gusto lang naming makatulong sa gobyerno. This is the right time to maximize technologies instead,” added ICTIC chairman David Balamon.
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