Muntinlupa City to start QR code contact tracing in January

Published December 21, 2020, 4:56 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Starting January, the Muntinlupa City government will implement a mandatory QR code-based contact tracing in all establishments. 

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The city has partnered with Staysafe.ph for the “No QR Code, No Entry” policy in all establishments as part of new measures against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed Ordinance No. 2020-181 mandating the installation and use of Staysafe.ph system as an automated contact tracing through the use of QR codes in all commercial establishments, workplaces, churches, and government offices.

People who will enter, work or do business in all indoor or enclosed public and private establishments in Muntinlupa will be required to download the StaySafe.PH application and register to secure a unique QR Code which they can store on their phone or print for physical copy.

QR codes for non-smartphone user registrants will be generated by their respective barangays and will be distributed to where the registrant resides.

The mayor said the adoption of StaySafe.ph in Muntinlupa will help in the uniform efforts of the government in contact tracing and in the prevention of transmission of COVID-19.

Under the ordinance, all establishments in the city are mandated to designate personnel to ensure each individual who will enter their premises has a StaySafe.ph unique personal QR code.

The establishments are also required to provide a scanner and personnel who will scan and monitor the authenticity of the QR code of the registrants before entry. All customers, visitors, and employees of public and private establishments will not be allowed entry unless they present their own QR code.

Allowing other persons to use an individual’s unique QR code to gain entry into the premises of the covered establishment and intentionally registering more than once for the purpose of possessing more than one unique personal QR Code is prohibited.

Covered establishments are required to transmit a copy of their digital log book to the Muntinlupa City Health Office on a daily basis for data integration.

For non-compliant establishments, violators will be charged with P2,000 penalty and will face suspension of franchise or business permit until the violation has been rectified for first offense, P3,000 pesos for second offense, and suspension or revocation of franchise or business permit including a P5,000 fine for third offense.

In case the offender is a government official or employee, the maximum penalty will be imposed including the filing of administrative, civil, or criminal case.

The city government conducted on December 21 a training and orientation in the implementation of Staysafe.ph as the official contact tracing system of the city for the operators of malls, supermarkets, and other large-scale stores.

Recently, the Department of Interior and Local Government issued MC No. 2020-129 enjoining local government units to use StaySafe.ph v.2 application system as the official social distancing, health condition reporting, and contact tracing system that will assist in the government’s response to COVID-19.

As of December 20, Muntinlupa City has 5,053 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 4,845 recoveries and 165 deaths, leaving 43 active cases.

 
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