PH gov’t eyes SG-based contact tracing app for COVID-19 response

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is looking into a contact-tracing application from Singapore that could help in the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

TraceTogether is a community-driven contact tracing app launched in Singapore on March 20, 2020. It works by exchanging short-distance Bluetooth signals between phones to detect other app users who are within about two to five-meter proximity.

Records of encounter between app users will be stored locally in the users’ phones. If one app user tested positive for COVID-19, authorities will be able to identify other app users who were in close contact with the patient.

DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan has already written to Singaporean Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong about the government’s intent on utilizing the app. The Singaporean government said that it was willing to provide technical assistance to the DICT.

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