The implementation of Iloilo City’s Quick Response (QR) Code System will go full swing by March 31, 2021 yet.
According to City Councilor Lady Julie Grace Baronda, who chairs the Committee on Information Technology and Computerization and author of the newly-passed QR Code ordinance of the city, the timeline will give time for city residents and outsiders to register.
Aside from this, the Information Systems Office of the city will have time to make sure that security feature of the system is put in place.
“During the committee hearing, our Information Systems Office said they hope to fully implement it by March 31, 2021, at least they have time to secure man ang aton system and also ang mga tawo mismo may ara sila tiempo nga mag-enroll or register,” said Baronda.
The city council recently passed the QR Code Ordinance, or “An ordinance for the use of Quick Response Generated Codes through the Uswag QR Code Application for Individuals and Offices to formulate Iloilo City Public Health Protocols Against Emerging Infectious Diseases.”
As provided under the new measure, a business or an individual prior to registering in the system need to give their consents to the city government to use their data in the formulation of the health protocols for contingency and strategic planning for the city’s disaster risk reduction plans.
Baronda said that with this ordinance, the public are assured that their data will not be used other than the purposes stated under the ordinance.
The ordinance, the lady councilor noted, also provides penalties for those who will use the data for unauthorized purposes.
The data being asked from individuals prior their registration are name, address, date of birth, gender, and contact number while for business establishments are the name of the establishments, contact person and business number.
Those with primary access to the data are the City Health Office and the Information Systems Office, particularly their QR management team.
Meantime, those with secondary access are the national government agencies that do researches relative to health standards.
But Baronda clarified that these agencies will not be given access without the data-sharing agreement with the city.
As emphasized by Baronda, the QR Code System is not only for contract tracing purposes but also for contingency planning for future references.
“Sa dalayon namon nga discussion sa City Risk Reduction and Management Council, nakita namon nga when we make plans, kon 3-year na sya nga strategic plan, gina-make sure naton nga aton mga ordinansa is also in line with that plan…because we need now to have contingency plan as to the formulation of different health protocols for our emerging and reemerging disease—kinanglan ni naton ang data banking so that we will be able to have a scientific study ano ang obrahon naton, wala ta man ginapangayo, kon may other diseases aside from COVID-19,” Baronda explained.
She also cited that through the QR Code System, the city can determine which particular areas in the city where most of the people go or which areas have low density on particular time as well as the age group and gender of the people can also be determined.
On the other hand, because of the overwhelming number of people who want to register for QR code in the previous months, the ordinance has provision that the city government will have different validation sites especially for those who have no internet access. These include the barangays, malls and terminal sites especially for those from outside the city./WDJ