NBI, DICT mulling use of ‘Trace Together’ app

Published April 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jeffrey Damicog

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is evaluating together with the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) the possible use of Singapore’s TraceTogether mobile application in the Philippines for the contact tracing of persons who could have been exposed to COVID-19.

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said on Wednesday, April 15, that NBI Digital Forensics Division Chief Christopher Paz is currently coordinating with DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. concerning TraceTogether.

“May mga ibang ireresolba lang but in principle okay na yun (We are just resolving certain issues and concerns, but in principle, it is already okay). We are just getting proper guidance from DICT,” Lavin explained.

“We would be dependent on the final go signal from DICT,” said Lavin.

The Singapore government started using the app just last March 20 that it said was developed by SGUnited, GovTech and the Ministry of Health.

“Using Bluetooth technology, TraceTogether identifies other nearby phones with the app installed,” the Singapore government said in a statement.

“It then tracks when you are in close proximity with these other persons, including timestamps,” it explained.

“If the need arises, this information can then be used to identify close contacts based on the proximity and duration of an encounter between the two users,” it added.