July 2, 2021

Zamboanga City is pushing for the adoption of the StaySafe program.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has been identified in the city, and Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar announced Thursday that the local government will continue to implement the StaySafe application, mandating the registration of all establishments and residents with the contact tracing digital platform to assist in tracking possible exposures to Covid-19 in the city.

The initiative is required by Resolution No. 87 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and Memorandum Circular 2021-053 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

According to Salazar, “the deployment of the Safety Seal in conjunction with the StaySafe QR Code is still under progress.”

According to the City Administrator’s Office’s statistics, 712 businesses have filed for Safety Seal certification online, prompting the deployment of inspection teams to ensure that they comply with the criteria established by the DILG.

“A total of five teams are traveling throughout the city to examine the 16-point checklist provided by the DILG,” says the official. Eighty of these businesses have been approved by us,” she said.

She went on to say that the vast majority of businesses have created their own StaySafe QR Code, which is one of the requirements for Safety Seal accreditation.

Aims of the Safety Seal certification program include increasing compliance by commercial and public organizations with the government’s minimum public health standards (MPHS), encouraging adoption and usage of the StaySafe.PH digital contact tracing tool, and increasing consumer trust.

The software converts physical contact tracking to digital contact tracing, thus reducing the possibility of contact tracers being infected with Covid-19.

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