TACLOBAN CASES GO­ING DOWN

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The Ne­gros Ori­en­tal Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (NOCCI) will im­ple­ment the “no QR code, no en­try” pol­icy in busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments to elim­i­nate man­ual con­tact trac­ing and for more ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing.

The NOCCI’s 200 mem­bers are united in the plan, which has no ap­proval yet from the prov­ince’s In­ter-Agency Task Force for the Man­age­ment of Emerging In­fec­tious Dis­eases.

“We will push through be­cause the busi­ness sec­tor is free to adopt its own health and safety pro­to­cols that will help in­crease sales,” Ed­ward Du, former NOCCI pres­i­dent and Cen­tral Visayas re­gional gov­er­nor of the Philip­pine Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (PCCI), said. “It is just like the no mask, no en­try pol­icy.”

Du said the QR (Quick Re­sponse) code will be a faster and convenient way for gov­ern­ment work­ers and vol­un­teers lo­cat­ing con­tacts of sus­pect or con­firmed COVID-19 cases. He added it will ben­e­fit the pub­lic as they no longer have to stand and wait in long queues at es­tab­lish­ments, stores, su­per­mar­kets and banks.

Cur­rently, some es­tab­lish­ments re­quire peo­ple to line up at a safe phys­i­cal dis­tance, present a valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card or com­mu­nity quar­an­tine pass and write down their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

The Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) will en­force the plan and Du is hop­ing the agency will be­gin the pol­icy in Du­maguete City in Novem­ber.

“It is time for the econ­omy to start mov­ing again. Six months of com­mu­nity quar­an­tine are too long,” he said.

PCCI-Cen­tral Visayas re­cently is­sued a joint res­o­lu­tion urg­ing the DTI to man­date busi­ness own­ers “to adopt a stan­dard­ized Quick Re­sponse Code de­sign for­mat for a more ef­fi­cient con­tact trac­ing in the event of lo­cal COVID-19 trans­mis­sion in the com­mu­nity.”

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