Nine months after IATF order, StaySafe still not in gov’t hands

The chosen COVID-19 contact tracing app of the government is still not in its hands nine months after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases ordered the app’s donation to the state.

Enrique Tayag, director of the Department of Health’s Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service, told the House health panel they have yet to finalize the donation of StaySafe to the government.

Tayag said this is because they have yet to receive a certificate from the Department of Information and Communications Technology showing that StaySafe is technically feasible and secure, as required by the IATF.

Explaining why the agency has not yet issued the certification for StaySafe, lawyer Omar Sana of the DICT said, “There are certain requirements in the guidelines that we issued that have not been complied with, as far as I know.”

Tayag also said they encountered delays in the verification of the app.

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