By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
To monitor the status of learners who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia, mobile applications were launched by Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday.
In partnership with Galileo Software Services, Inc., Indra Philippines and Microsoft, two monitoring apps will soon be available so parents and guardians of learners that were inoculated with Dengvaxia can report and seek the assistance they might need.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones, however clarified that this will not be mandatory. “Parents who are interested in tracing and monitoring the state of the children can take advantage of these two kind of apps,” she said.
Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua said that DepEd is introducing these apps as an “alternative way to be faster and to be more efficient by the use of technology in monitoring.” He also noted that it “will not complicate” the monitoring and “it will only facilitate the gathering and dissemination of information.”
Indra and Microsoft developed the “RSVP (Register, Serve, Validate & Plan) Kaizala App” and Galileo created the “Abizo” app. Pascua noted that both applications will be accessing the same database. “Whatever both application would be adding on top of the database can still be accessed by the other,” he said.
Meanhwile, DOH Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III said the health system has been devolved to the local government units (LGUs). “The way the application as I understand it will help the parents and teachers to navigate through the health system,” he explained.
“It is important to register the service delivery network from the local government units which essentially begins with provisional healthcare by the barangay health station, then the next level will be rural health units, then after that the city health centers and then the district hospitals… it’s very important that these are included in the database,” Duque said. “And also the mapping of the service delivery network which will be accessed by the parents or but the teachers once symptoms of whatever the vaccinees experience,” he added.
Duque noted that this will still go through a “gestation period.” Thus, it is not expected to work seamlessly overnight. “It all depends in the quality of database that we provide… not just the names of children but also the mapping of the LGUs and DOH healthcare facilities,” he added.
Pascua also explained that the real time online monitoring can also be expanded to cover not just the students vaccinated by Dengvaxia but other illnesses. The said apps, he added, are expected to be fully functional by the end of August.
This application including the sharing of data, Pascua said, is also under the supervision of the National Privacy Commission to be compliant with the Data Privacy Act. “What we are now looking at later are the provisions when it comes to sending of the data from the learner to the database or from the database to the guardians and learners,” he ended.