DoLE Region 4-A develops QR code for health checklist

A regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has developed a Quick Response (QR) code that takes the body temperature and writes down contact details that allows quick tracing of visitors and employees.

The DoLE Region 4-A rolled out the online health checklist which functions like a digital logbook using QR codes to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“These online services aim to respond to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic by developing new systems, innovating ways to communicate, and in bringing fresh approaches in providing better client experience while observing health and safety protocols,” DoLE Region 4-A Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena said.

He said contact tracing is an essential step that is why the online health checklist is being implemented to speed up the current manual processes and to make it quicker to stop the spread of the virus, particularly if the restrictions are eased.

All employees and clients of DoLE Region 4-A who would like to enter the office are required to scan the QR code using their mobile phones or tablets before they can enter the premises.

Those with Apple gadgets can use their cameras to scan the QR code while Android users are encouraged to download the Google Lens application to scan the codes.

Users will be required to provide their contact information after scanning the code posted at the office entrance and answer a quick health symptoms questionnaire which will be evaluated by the safety officers on duty.

"It is only for one purpose, to help in contact tracing. It aims to assist public health authorities to find those persons who are at risk more quickly, thus helping them to get early diagnosis and treatment and to ensure that everyone is protected at all times,”  Jalbuena said.

He assured the public that all their personal information can only be accessed by the administrator of the system and is protected by the Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012.