Do Bacolod businesses comply with BacTrac?

BACOLOD City – The city government’s Task Force Disiplina (TFD) and City Legal Office (CLO) are checking business establishments’ compliance to City Ordinance (CO) No. 941.

CO 941, also known as the “Bacolod City COVID-19 Contact Tracing (BaC-Trac)”, mandates contact tracing for possible cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

BacTrac is a localized web-based and mobile-based application developed for the efficient and expeditious contact tracing of confirmed COVID-19 positive patients.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of the city government noticed that some business establishments were not doing contract tracing procedures anymore.

Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical and data analysis of the EOC, said that in Metro Manila they no longer use the contract tracing application; as such others are asking the EOC if BacTrac would also be suspended.

“We cannot suspend the BacTrac because there is an existing ordinance mandating it. The ordinance must first be amended or repealed,” said Sorongon.

But he said the EOC would never recommend suspending CO 941.

“Indi kita magsalig kag magpinagusto. Kun may establishment nga magka-COVID-19 outbreak kag wala gin gamit ang BacTrac, paano kita maka-contact trace?” Sorongon asked.

CO 941 mandates that residents will be issued a BaC-Trac card which bears the holder’s name, address, identification number and a uniquely-assigned Quick Response (QR) code through online registration./PN


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