The Department of Science and Technologys National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) has proposed the immediate development of a mobile app that Filipinos can use as a personal information resource against COVID-19.
This initiative was directed to DOH Secretary, Dr. Franciso T. Duque III, chair of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) through the Office of DOST secretary.
This initiative was led by NRCP President Dr. Ramon A. Razal. The NRCP resolved to move forward with the development of the mobile app and the need to confer with appropriate authorities, such as IATF-EID and relevant organizations with existing structures for budgetary, logistical, and technical support and authority for its testing, operability, and application.
The ordinariness of mobile devices and gadgets nowadays provides the opportunity for both young and older citizens to download the application through their own devices. Users can access the application wherever they are provided they have cellular data/wireless connectivity, the NRCP said.
The mobile app will utilize the users specific geolocation to determine essential/reliable information realtime, such as the number of COVID-19-positive cases, PUIs and PUMs, and/or degree of risk within a radius/area down to the barangay level.
This can also provide official and regularly updated information/content/statistics and important advisories on COVID-19, as well as information on available emergency health services and hotlines per location, and other essential information integral to current mechanisms in place against COVID-19.
There is no need to build a new structure/system from scratch. NRCP recommends the use of existing application platforms (with the location map if admissible) like those used in the creation of the DOST-PHIVOLCS Fault Finder Map, or the TV5-MMDA Traffic Interaksiyon application originally developed by personnel from the University of the Philippines Information Technology Development Center (UP ITDC), the NCRP said.