Log­books ditched; info slips pre­ferred

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WITH THE pas­sage of a city or­di­nance penned by Coun­cilor Michael Lawana, the use of log­books in es­tab­lish­ments and pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles will no longer be re­quired in the city.

The or­di­nance im­poses the use of in­for­ma­tion slips in­stead for record and mon­i­tor­ing pur­poses amid the coro­n­avirus dis­ease out­break.

The or­di­nance was ap­proved on third and fi­nal read­ing by the City Coun­cil on July 27 and will have to be signed by Mayor Ben­jamin Ma­ga­long for its en­act­ment.

Rais­ing con­cern on pri­vacy and pro­tec­tion of cus­tomers, clients, and the rid­ing pub­lic, Lawana deemed it wise to re­quire peo­ple to hand an in­for­ma­tion slip upon en­try in­stead of re­quir­ing them to write their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on a log­book.

“Pas­sen­gers, cus­tomers, and clients fear that their in­for­ma­tion may be ex­hib­ited, set out, or posted for open view­ing by the gen­eral pub­lic and may be used con­spic­u­ously,” Lawana ex­plained.

With the con­stant surge of pos­i­tive cases of Covid-19 in the city, hand­ing a slip of paper con­tain­ing the needed in­for­ma­tion would help abate the risk of con­ta­gion, Lawana said.

“For safety rea­sons, peo­ple hes­i­tate to use ob­jects like the pen and paper pro­vided for them for the reg­is­tra­tion,” Lawana added.

The al­der­man said re­plac­ing the log­book with the in­for­ma­tion slip would al­ley these pub­lic fears.

The city or­di­nance shall al­low con­stituents to pre­pare and sub­mit their own in­for­ma­tion slip pre­pared in ad­vance. The in­for­ma­tion slip shall con­tain the “true and cor­rect” ba­sic in­for­ma­tion needed such as the per­son’s name, city ad­dress, con­tact num­ber, and date of trans­ac­tion.

All pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles, busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments, govern­ment

agen­cies, and pri­vate of­fices must en­sure that the sub­mit­ted in­for­ma­tion slips shall not be ex­hib­ited, set out, or posted for open view­ing by the gen­eral pub­lic.

All pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors, busi­ness estab­lish­ment man­agers/own­ers, and per­sons-in-charge in govern­ment agen­cies and pri­vate of­fices shall de­vise a sys­tem or method on how to col­late, store, and or­ga­nize the in­for­ma­tion con­tained in the slips for ac­ces­si­bil­ity pur­poses.

The data shall be made avail­able when so re­quired by the City Govern­ment of Baguio and agen­cies of the govern­ment.

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