The Bacolod City government launched Monday, November 8, the BACuna Card that will primarily serve, for now, as a “passport” for fully vaccinated residents who are going on domestic travel.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Em Ang, executive director of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force, led officials during the launching ceremony held at the Bacolod City Government Center.
“This will make our travel more convenient. Bacoleños who are BACuna cardholders will simply present this when they travel in and out of the city,” Leonardia said.
In an interview with the media after the launch, the mayor said the release of the BACuna Card is very timely considering that COVID infections in the city have been on a decline the last two weeks with only 18 cases recorded on Monday.
The last time Bacolod had cases below 18 for the day was last August 18 yet, he pointed out.
Eventually, he continued, the BACuna Card will be used by restaurants to allow customers to dine in, or movie houses or cinemas may also require the same in the future.
One peculiar feature of the BACuna Card is the fact that it is QR-coded, Edrien Robete, head of the EOC Data Management Cluster, explained.
Once it is swiped, important vaccination data of the vaccinee will appear, such as the date he or she was jabbed, among others, thus, assuring its authenticity, Robete further said.
Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy for medical, data analysis and management, said the BACuna Card is a digital copy of a person’s vaccination record with a scannable QR code for quick verification and authentication.
Since the BACuna Card is still in its first phase, it is only available for the fully vaxxed individuals and for those who are travelling locally.
To get a copy of the BACuna Card, applicants may contact the MITCS office through its Facebook Support Page, email address and telephone number.
The MITCS-Bacolod landline is (034) 435-4168.
Its FB Page is https://www.facebook.com/BCDGOVTECHSUPPORT
Applicants may also send email to email@example.com
Those applying will get their cards after two to three days./WDJ