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LGUs outside SOCCSKSARGEN Region adopt South Cotabato’s contact tracing system

Koronadal City, South Cotabato – The South Cotabato COVID-19 Contact Tracing System (SC-CCTS) attracts more local government units outside of SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

The Provincial Government of Davao del Sur in Region 11 launched the Davao del Sur COVID-19 Contact Tracing System (DS-CCTS) on September 28.

On September 29, the local government of Bacolod City launched BaCTrac Contact Tracing System.

Both DS-CCTS and BaCTrac are replicated from the SC-CCTS.

Officials of Davao del Sur LGU visited South Cotabato on September 9 for an orientation regarding the SC-CCTS.

The team led by provincial administrator Helbert Gonzales and provincial health officer Dr. Jonna Masongsong wanted to learn how South Cotabato’s digital contact tracing app was developed and how this can enhance their COVID-19 response through contact tracing.

According to information posted on the official Facebook page of the DavSur provincial government, the DS-CCTS is already up to accept registrants. Province-wide orientations for registration of residents and business establishments and use of the app have also started this week.

Meanwhile, an article posted on the Bacolod City PIO Facebook page noted that Bacolod City’s BaCTrac was “inspired by the South Cotabato Covid Contact Tracing System (SC-CCTS), which has proven helpful in data gathering amid local transmissions of the dreaded virus.”

“May I publicly acknowledge and thank Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. of South Cotabato; they are the owner of this system. I called him and he graciously gave us this app we can now use in our cellphones,” the article quoted Mayor Evelio Leonardia in his message during the ceremonial launching.

Same article reported that City Administrator Em Ang, executive director of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Task Force came across an online article about the digital contact tracing system developed by the provincial government of South Cotabato.

This led Ang to share the article with members of our data management cluster. The cluster agreed that that the SC-CCTS is “easy, accessible and fool-proof.”

On September 23, Mike Sonza, information technology officer of South Cotabato PLGU, conducted a virtual orientation on the SC-CCTS for Bacolod City IT team. On the same day, the Sangguniang Panlungsod passed City Ordinance No. 941 to implement the BaCTrac Contact Tracing System.

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