The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is set to incorporate the government’s StaySafe.PH contact tracing app in its harmonized Ease of Doing Business (EODB) platform to help address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a statement, the ARTA said the feature will be added to the Go SmARTApp, a program initially aimed to further simplify government business transactions.
“The platform was initially intended solely for use of local government units for their business permit and licensing system and all other government services being offered to the public, will also be incorporating the national government’s COVID-19 contact tracing application StaySafe.ph,” ARTA wrote in its statement.
The ARTA said the Go SmARTApp, set for launch in April, is a single platform that will harmonize the existing EODB systems of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and other government agencies in the country.
Aside from StaySafe.PH, the app will also incorporate the DICT’s Electronic Business Permits and Licensing System or eBPLS software, as endorsed by the Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red Tape Advisory Council.
The agency is likewise discussing with the DILG and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the inclusion in the platform of the fund transfer feature of the Social Amelioration Funds to beneficiaries.
The Go SmARTApp, which will be a donation of the Multisys Technologies Corporation to ARTA, will be a rebranding of the Smart City Platform. It is seen to significantly streamline the ease of doing business and anti-red tape reform initiatives of the government through its automation features and capabilities.
In his press briefing on March 12, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the StaySafe.PH app will be fully implemented by Monday, March 22, as there were no more problems with the app.
Roque said the end-user of the StaySafe.PH app will now be the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) being the agency in charge of contact tracing.
StaySafe.PH is the government’s digital contact tracing application of choice and will be made mandatory for adoption and use in all national government agencies and instrumentalities as well as Local government units (LGUs).
LGUs, private establishments, facilities, and offices were encouraged to use the app while those with existing contact tracing applications are enjoined to integrate their systems with the StaySafe.PH system.
Malacañang has pushed for the full implementation of the StaySafe.PH app after admitted that contact tracing has been the weakest point in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The StaySafe.PH app is seen to augment the 1:36 tracer-to-close contact ratio set by tracing czar Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and expand it to nationwide coverage.