In fact, the PPA COVID-19 tracing system was designed in an effort to meet the needs of the port community both for individuals and establishments even without the use of mobile electronic devices when such devices are not available for users.
In light of the situation, PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago noted:
One of the major breakthroughs of the app is that you can add up to 5 people or establishments in a single profile, thus, the system tracks their movement even without any mobile electronic device. Establishments and vehicles registered with the system can likewise be monitored, making contact tracing at the port in cases of COVID-19 infection manageable and effective.
What is more, the initiative is jointly developed by PPA technology experts and third-party developer Cosmotech Philippines, Inc., the mobile app TRAZE, and has the capability to trace the movement of individuals inside PPA facilities without connecting to the internet.
With this, all PPA personnel as well as those individuals, establishments, port workers, concessionaires, and other port stakeholders nationwide are mandated to download and use the app as a pre-condition to entry in PPA facilities
At the moment, the Contact Tracing System is being reviewed by the Department of Transportation, which they intend to adopt and implement as the Philippine transportation COVID-19 contract tracing system.