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Having one’s temperature taken, writing down contact details and spraying alcohol are part of the new normal when entering most places following the implementation of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to abate the spread of COVID-19.

As such, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. IV-A (DOLE IV-A) rolled out a visitor and employee online health checklist to manage the spread of COVID-19 infection. The online health checklist functions like a digital logbook using QR (quick response) codes.

All employees and clients of DOLE IV-A who would like to enter the office need to scan the QR code before they can enter the premises. They can use their mobile phones or tablets to scan the QR code when entering the building.

This enables the office to keep track of the employees and visitors via a digital log and allow for quick contact tracing by health authorities if one of them tests positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, DOLE IV-A Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena mentioned that technology now plays a critical role in containing this pandemic and to eventually stop it, contact tracing is an essential step that is why the Online Health Checklist is being implemented to speed up the current manual processes to make it quicker to stop the spread of the virus particularly if the restrictions are eased.

Those with Apple gadgets can use their cameras to scan the QR code while Android users are encouraged to download the Google Lens application to scan the codes.

Users will be required to provide their contact information after scanning the code posted at the office entrance and answer a quick health symptoms questionnaire which will be evaluated by the safety officers on duty.

"It is only for one purpose, to help in contact tracing. It aims to assist public health authorities to find those persons who are at risk more quickly, helping them to get early diagnosis and treatment and to ensure that we are all protected at all times,” Director Jalbuena added.

Director Jalbuena assured the public that all their personal information can only be accessed by the administrator of the system and is protected by the Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

The DOLE IV-A Online Health Checklist is part of its online services launched last May 29 to respond to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic by leveraging on cyberspace by producing new systems, new ways to communicate and new approaches to provide a better client experience while observing health and safety protocols.

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