The Maasin City government in Southern Leyte has started requiring all persons entering its borders and transacting in any public and private establishments to present QR (quick response) codes for proper documentation.
In a statement Thursday, Mayor Nacional Mercado said this will boost its contact tracing efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The directive took effect on Wednesday and would be enforced while the public health emergency is ongoing.
“The QR code may be taken in conjunction with a valid identification card to confirm the identity of the holder. Establishments may refuse entry of individuals for lack of proper identification,” Mercado said.
All persons must register and generate their QR codes at maasincity.arksouthernleyte.com, the duly authorized data processor and service partner of the city government.
The scanner application for all private and public establishments, including worship places can also be downloaded on the website.
Mercado said village officials must assist their residents in the activation of their codes.
“The registration is free. Collection fees for the cost of printing may be allowed provided that the village is authorized to do so by virtue of their Revenue Code or Ordinance,” he added.
The collection of personal data for the digital system is only limited to the holder’s full name, address, date of birth, and contact details.
The city government assured that all personal information will be solely used to aid in the contact tracing and management of the disease.
“Disclosure of said data to other government entities shall be based on and in accordance with the provisions of the Data Privacy Act and related issuances,” Mercado said.
As of Wednesday, Maasin, the capital of Southern Leyte, has confirmed a total of 37 Covid-19 cases; with 36 recoveries, one active case, and zero death. (PNA)