Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer said, “this is in accordance with the directive from the governor to really roll out this system inside the Capitol compound including the national building and establishments like the gym and canteen.”
Engr. Gerald Faciol, assistant provincial administrator for operations, said “during our ManCom (management committee) meeting, we have reiterated and reminded all the department heads and gave them the responsibility to ensure that all their staff have enrolled in the StaySafe app.”
“This will really help the lives and make the work of our contact tracers easy if all of the employees of the Capitol will enroll in it,” Faciol added.
In support of this undertaking, the provincial government released additional revised guidelines and mechanisms under “Administrative Oder No. 16.”
Part of the guidelines requires all offices to place all their QR codes provided by the PHO on their respective doors to be easily scanned by the entering staff and clients.
For those without android phones, there will be provided "manual information sheets" where they can write down the data required for contact tracing.
To ensure the daily monitoring of the app, each office shall assign its “BIDA BASTONERO” who will also serve as the focal person to ensure that minimum health standards and disinfection protocols are strictly implemented.
To use the app, Gerardo Pilapil Jr., Sarangani Covid-19 data manager, explained that all staff and entering individuals in the Capitol need to enroll in the app and “has to scan the QR codes of each office including those QR codes which will be placed in every entry point.”
He also pointed out that StaySafe users will be the one to scan the QR codes, “unlike other contact tracing systems used by other LGUs na may staff assigned to scan the codes ng lahat ng dumadaan.”
All the entry points of the Capitol compound will also be installed with large-sized QR codes to make it easier for all entering individuals to use the contact tracing app.
Faciol explained the StaySafe app “was endorsed by the DILG and recognized by the National Inter-Agency Task Force as an official contact tracing application."
"For now," Faciol said, “gihatagan sa natog leeway ang atong mga munisipyo to have their own contact tracing system, but we are still looking into the possibility of fully implementing this into the whole province maong, for now, we are having the Capitol as the pilot site for this move."
“After series of analyses, hopefully, we will be able to fully recommend it to the whole province na,” he added.
Several offices inside the Capitol are already using the contact tracing app.
However, there are still limitations on the functionality of the app “as it requires android phones to be used and to maximize its functionality since it requires a Bluetooth feature.”
Also, internet connection is needed to activate the scanning feature of the app.
The Capitol has already established a command center for the monitoring of the contact tracing system located at the PHO-PDOHO building.
According to Alejandro, "the ICT team of the PHO shall be the one to manage the system and any data that will be collected shall be analyzed by the office.”
He added that the equipment to be used for the monitoring of the contact tracing system has been "fully established."
The “one-entrance-one-exit” policy for all motor vehicles is still monitored and public utility vehicles are still restricted to enter the Capitol premises.
As to group entry, only one person is allowed to transact business inside the Capitol.
Personal guests are also discouraged to get inside the compound.
Aside from the new measures in place, minimum health standard
protocols will still be strictly enforced such as social distancing and “No Mask/Face Shield, No Entry” policies, and monitoring of body temperature. (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Photo taken by Jake Narte on October 21, 2020 at the Capitol entrance.