Four Philippine airports have begun using the Traze contact tracing app on Wednesday to reduce human-to-human transactions and speed up transaction processes, as part of the ‘new normal.’
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Clark International Airport (CRK), Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), and Davao International Airport (DIA) simultaneously launched their pilot-testing of the Traze app on October 28, 2020, led by the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr).
Traze, a nationwide and unified QR code-based contact tracing app co-developed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Cosmotech Philippines, Inc. was first used in the country’s seaports last September to comply with the country’s health safety protocols amid the COVID 19 pandemic.
The contact tracing app enables the automation of the DOTr’s Attached Agencies in the Aviation and Airports Sector such as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA).
Traze speeds-up the long and tedious manual process to just a few minutes. Users only need to register with the app and scan the QR Code at designated areas.
All departing and arriving passengers at the 4 airports will be required to download the app on their mobile phones, and to register an account before proceeding to the airport. Passengers who do not have mobile phones or any other mobile gadget may go to the Malasakit Helpdesk at the airport for registration assistance to get a unique QR code, or they may ask a family member to register them with the app. The QR code can be used at any DOTr Office nationwide.
Those who may have come in contact with an identified COVID-19 positive patient will receive an in-app notification that will allow them to take undertake self-isolation and other precautionary health and safety measures.
The app is expected to decrease the chance of further disease transmission.
Traze has complete modules to trace individuals, establishments, logistics, and transportation systems such as trains, vessels, airplanes, jeepneys, taxis, PUVs, and even tricycles, among others.
The app is easy to use and does not require Bluetooth nor GPS to work. In addition, it is compliant with the Data Privacy Act (DPA) RA 10173 and allows anonymous registration and optional submission of personal information (i.e. mobile phone, email address).
By November 28, the contact tracing app will be implemented in all airports nationwide.
DOTr also announced that TRAZE will be utilized across all modes of transportation,
The public can download the Traze app on the Apple Store, Google Playstore, and the online markets for Samsung, Huawei, and Oppo.
The world’s 1st airport PCR testing lab for COVID-19 started operations in Mactan-Cebu in July.
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