ILOILO CITY–As Iloilo City continues to be among one of the places in the region with the most number of active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, Mayor Jerry Treñas has been looking for anything that they can do to help lower the transmission rate and ultimately reduce the number of new and active cases lists in the metro.
One of those measures that they are betting their chips on is the UswagTracer application, which is an automated contract tracing system that they hope will provide complete contact identification as well as enable follow-ups more safely and in real-time.
Based on Executive Order No. 005, Series of 2021, signed by Treñas only yesterday, all Iloilo City residents would have to coordinate with their respective barangay secretaries to be given a QR Code, which will be their virtual identification code in all their undertakings in the city.
Meanwhile, those who are non-residents of the city but are working there would have to be registered by the company that employs them.
Even those who are merely visiting the city for whatever reason would still have to register for a QR Code at City Hall and in malls, the airport, or seaports.
To register and be assigned a QR Code, applicants must give their name, age, birth date, email address (if any), complete address, gender, and mobile number.
The QR Code will soon be required prior to entering business establishments as well as government offices to make contact tracing a lot easier.
Latest figures released by the Center for Health Development in Western Visayas pegged active COVID-19 in Iloilo City at 166, second in the region behind Iloilo Province’s 194 cases after leapfrogging over Negros Occidental in the list several days ago./(N. Glenn Aragon/INews)