Pasig, Valenzuela, Antipolo partner for unified contact tracing

Published January 23, 2021, 5:35 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The city governments of Pasig, Valenzuela, and Antipolo have partnered to expand the use of their own digital contact tracing solutions to boost contact tracing efforts amidst the pandemic.

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian, and Antipolo Mayor Andrea Ynares recently entered into an interconnectivity agreement to integrate their city’s contact tracing programs.

The three local chief executives virtually signed the agreement to seek an efficient and convenient monitoring and contact tracing of people entering their respective cities to stem the  spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Under the agreement, contact tracing QR codes of Pasig (PasigPass), Valenzuela (ValTrace), and Antipolo (Antipolo Bantay COVID-19) can now be used in establishments of the three cities.

“Because of this interconnectivity agreement, you can now use your PasigPass QR code in Valenzuela and Antipolo, as well as those from the ValTrace QR code and from Bantay COVID-19 of Antipolo,” Sotto said in a video message.

“You do not need to sign up for various websites as long as you are in the establishments of Valenzuela, Pasig, and Antipolo, you will only use one QR code,” he added.

Pasig and Valenzuela earlier signed an agreement to unify their contact tracing solutions for a more effective and efficient health monitoring of people.

The mayors vowed that sensitive data collected through the contact tracing apps will be protected in accordance with Republic Act No. 10173 (Data Privacy Act of 2012).