Gov’t boosts COVID-19 mitigation thru digital health innovations

By Claire R. Gigje

DILG Lanao del Norte in partnership with JCI Lanao Greenfields convenes local government officials in Lanao del Norte, department and office heads of the provincial government,  healthcare providers, BHERTs, DepEd officials,  peace and security officials, and representatives from the business sector, media, national government agencies/offices, and CSOs/POs for a conversation on the appreciation and application of quick response (QR) code and contact tracing apps. (PIA-ICIC)

LANAO DEL NORTE, June 2–The national government is now gearing up for a more intensified battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 through innovative digital applications and methods. 

“This is really pivotal in the fight against COVID-19 and what we are doing is ma-adopt nato ang tanan hinagiban para mas malig-on kita pagbatok sa COVID-19 [all weapons to strengthen our fight against COVID-19],” said  Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Lanao del Norte Provincial Director Bruce Augusto Colao in a virtual conversation spearheaded by his office in partnership with the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Lanao Greenfields Tuesday, June 1.  

He added that it is just right to discover the available innovations as this is greatly beneficial, primarily in the government’s strategies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe further stressed that the government is still in its best effort of coping with the present health issue by adapting available digital means.

“Amidst the pandemic, the DILG will continue to be in full throttle to ensure that we will strengthen our tracing capacity. Now, we have a quick response code, ang gitawag nato nga [what we call the] QR code and contact tracing applications which would aid our efforts, communicating necessary COVID-19 information in a more effective and efficient manner,” he stressed.

Among the digital innovations utilized by the government now are S-PaSS which notes each LGU’s requirements upon entry in their vicinity and the online contact tracer application StaySafe PH which stores data and information of residents going through establishments in the area.

On the other hand, the government is also up in pushing the Safety Seal Certification Program which monitors businesses and entities whether or not they are following the minimum health standard protocol.

Department of Health (DOH)-10 Regional Director Dr. Josel Llacuna Jr. emphasized that implementation of the cited innovations lies in the hands of the local health officers.

Meanwhile, Agabe firmly called on the participants to go hand in hand with the government in its continuous fight against the worldwide crisis.

“Kinahanglanon uban kitang tanan niining atong lakang aron pagsiguro nga kita makalikay nga mapataas pa ang kaso sa COVID-19 sa atong nasod, ilabina diri sa atong probinsya sa Lanao del Norte,” he urged.

[It is a must that we go together in this step of making sure that we will prevent the increasing COVID-19 cases in our country, especially here in our province of Lanao del Norte.]

Agabe also highlighted that wide perception of the available means nowadays would mean endurance in today’s health challenge.

“Ingon man [They say], adaptability is the simple secret of survival that is why we need to adapt to the new normal and we need to understand the innovations presented to us in order to make the most out of it,” he conveyed. Philippine Information Agency

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