Iloilo utilizes apps for contact tracing & agri-fishery marketing

ILOILO CITY—The Iloilo provincial government is now utilizing web-based applications (apps) for contact tracing of probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as marketing of agricultural and fishery products.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. speaks at the launching of web-based applications for contact tracing of COVID-19 probable cases and marketing of agricultural and fishery products. (Capitol PIO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. led the launch of the Reverse Isolation and Contact Tracing Application (RIsC TrAp) and the Provincial Agri-Fishery Information System - Farmers & Fisherfolks Agri-Fishery Resource System (PAIS-FARMS).

The RIsC TrAp was developed by the Information and Communication Technology Management Office (ICTMO) headed by Sally Sibonga while the PAIS-FARMS was developed by the local government unit (LGU) of Mina town.

As coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread, RIsC TrAp is seen to boost the capability of both local government units (LGUs) and Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) in monitoring those who are suspected to have COVID-19.

Among RIsC TrAp’s features are information of people working and transacting in various businesses or offices in a particular town.  It also takes into consideration in tracking where many people converge such as government offices, fishing ports or markets.

“In the event of virus transmission, the barangay level can easily trace and identify possible contacts to COVID-19 positive with the use of RIsC TrAp,” Defensor explained.

Sibonga said ICTMO residents can also download the app on their smartphones and encode their data instead of manually filling-up a travel and health declaration card.

On the other hand, the PAIS-FARMS is expected to link farmers and fisherfolks to a wider market via comprehensive database and website linkages.

PAIS-FARMS works by gathering the latest production data from the barangay level. It is later consolidated both in the town and provincial level.