Bacolod to require contract tracing card in all establishments

Published February 8, 2021, 11:37 PM

by Philippine News Agency

The City of Bacolod will require individuals entering business establishments, including hotels and restaurants, here to present a contract tracing card starting March 1.

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Popularly known as the BaCTrac card, the use of such identification document in all buildings doing business is part of the proposed amendments in City Ordinance 941 or the “Covid-19 Contact Tracing System Ordinance of Bacolod City”.

Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical and data analysis of the Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF), said on Monday the “no BaCTrac, no entry” policy is also part of the commitment of the local businesses in requesting to relax the partial liquor ban.

“If you’re from other cities and towns in Negros Occidental, and from outside the province, you have to present a BaCTrac card when entering business establishments here,” he said.

The BaCTrac Contact Tracing System is a web-based and mobile-based app developed for efficient and expeditious contact tracing of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) positive patients and will consequently allow the EOC-TF to easily locate people suspected of having contact with Covid-19 patients.

Sorongon said the use of a logbook for those entering business establishments will no longer be allowed as this can be a source of virus transmission.

Most business establishments are still allowing people to enter their buildings without BaCTrac provided they write their personal details on a logbook.

Sorongon said business establishments are supposed to submit their logbooks to the City Health Office, but only a few are doing such.

“Unlike the logbook, the BaCTrac System is digital so we can easily identify possible contacts of a Covid-19 positive patient,” he added.

The use of the BaCTrac System is mandatory for business establishments and government offices, based on City Ordinance 941.

Penalties ranging from PHP1,000, PHP2,500 to PHP5,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than six months for the first, second, third and succeeding offenses, respectively, await those who will violate said ordinance.