Businesses urged to use Staysafe app as anti-COVID-19 measure

April 16, 2021 – Business establishments in the city were urged to use the StaySafe.Ph application, said to be the “official social distancing, COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease) health condition reporting, and contact training system of the government.”

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the mandatory use of said app and generation of Quick Response (QR) Code is pursuant to Resolution No. 85 series of 2020 of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) and Executive Order No. 190, series of 2020 and Memorandum   dated January 6, 2021 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). 

The mayor tasked the Permits and Licensing Division (PLD) and the Special Services Division (SSD) to monitor the registration of business establishments in the app.

Non-compliance will be subject to appropriate sanctions as per the IATF order.

Here are the ways to register:

*For ONLINE registration, please go to www.StaySafe.Ph.

*For MOBILE application, please download in play store or app store.

The DILG in a press statement said the app aims to “strengthen the detection and slow down the surge of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the region.”

 “The implementation of is a government initiative to increase efforts to track down close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19,” according to DILG CAR OIC-Regional Director Araceli San Jose.

 “The StaySafe.Ph contact tracing system mobile application is intended to be the default application for all Filipinos, especially when traveling, visiting establishments and offices and going to work which is why we are urging everyone to adopt the use of this application,” San Jose said.

“The app will also complement the efforts of the country’s more than 250,000 contact tracers who do physical contact tracing,” she added.

In the same statement, DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya gave assurance that the Stay Safe app “will not be used for surveillance because it does not use GPS, but rather Bluetooth technology via the Google Apple Exposure Notification System.”

“The system and its database is now in the hands of the DILG, which will ensure compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations. Stay Safe has also been reviewed by the National Privacy Commission, and it has passed their scrutiny,” Malaya was quoted as saying. – Aileen P. Refuerzo