Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:17

Online site to aid users in providing health info to restos, establishments

Written by Stephen Capillas
Online site to aid users in providing health info to restos, establishments Screengrab photos by Stephen Capillas

An online site operated by Cagayan de Oro City Hall that would allow users to provide basic health information to establishments will be rolled out later this year to the public, both the City Tourism Office and City Hall’s Management Information System (CMIS) said Wednesday morning (Aug. 12).

“This online service will generate a QR (quick response) code that provides data required in the health declaration forms to the restaurant or establishment the user entered in that can provide information for contact tracing by City Hall,” CMIS chief Zelfred Anthony Cocon said during Wednesday morning’s press briefing.

Cocon said users need to register and provide permission for use of their personal information in compliance with the Data Privacy Act. “The establishments can generate reports but firewalls are set up to prevent hackers from accessing the user’s personal data,” he said.

Only smartphones, not analog phones can use the site and users need not install an app for this service since it can be accessed by the smart device’s mobile operating system. “For Android phones it is the Google browser while it’s Safari for IPhones and IPads,” Cocon said.

For her part City Tourism Officer Chedilyn Aissa Dulguime said the online service is one way for City Hall to meet the challenge of enabling city residents to provide health information to establishments minus the inconvenience of filling out health information forms of every establishment.

“This service is only an option since these establishments are still required to provide forms for their clients to fill out their health information for contact tracing operations (amid the pandemic). This will help the user retrace their itinerary (in case of reports of a certain area),” Dulguime said.

“This online service came about after meeting with the CMIS and with Dr. (Teodulfo Joselito) Retuya (CHO resident epidemiologist) who advised us on this project. This initiative will help the city government in securing health information crucial to tracing persons (that were exposed to COVID-19),” Dulguime said.