The Muntinlupa City government has started the implementation of the mandatory contact tracing to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi at the launching of the mandatory contact tracing app. (Muntinlupa PIO)

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and Department of Health (DOH) executive Dr. Anatoly de los Santos led the launching at Festival Mall in Alabang of the app as the official digital contact tracing system in Muntinlupa. 

With the app, the city government will strictly implement a “No QR Code, No Entry Policy” in all local establishments.

The Muntinlupa City Council passed City Ordinance No. 2020-181 mandating the installation and use of system as an automated contact tracing through the use of QR Codes in all commercial establishments, workplaces, churches and government offices in the city.

Also joining the launching were Muntinlupa Rep. Rozanno Rufino Biazon, City Health Officer Dr. Maria Teresa Tuliao, Filinvest Land senior vice president Joselito Santos, Committee on Health and Sanitation chairman Coun. Allan Rey Camilon, City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela and MultiSys Technologies Corporation CEO David Almirol.

Prior to the launch, the city’s Public Information Office, a member of the Stay Safe task force, implemented an awareness campaign online for the mandatory contact tracing app. 

According to Fresnedi, the adoption of in Muntinlupa is in compliance with the national government’s recommendation for a uniformed contact tracing system to prevent further COVID-19 transmission, especially with the detection of the B.1.1.7. SARS-CoV-2 variant (UK variant) in the country.

Following the launch, the members of the Muntinlupa City Task Force will conduct a city-wide inspection to ensure compliance of local public and private establishments.

All residents and visitors who will enter, work or do business in all indoor or enclosed public and private establishments in Muntinlupa are required to download and register on the application and secure a unique QR Code which they can store on their phone or print for physical copy. Non-smartphone user registrants can get their QR Codes from their barangays. 

Under the ordinance, all establishments in the city are mandated to designate personnel to ensure each individual who will enter their premises possesses a unique personal QR Code. All customers, visitors and employees of the public and private establishments will not be allowed entry unless they present their own QR Code.

Allowing other persons to use an individual’s unique QR Code to enter an establishment and intentionally registering more than once for the purpose of possessing more than one unique personal QR Code are prohibited. 

Covered establishments are required to transmit a copy of their digital log book to the City Health Office on a daily basis for data integration.

Establishments found not complying with the ordinance will face a P2,000 penalty and suspension of franchise or business permit until violation has been rectified for first offense; P3,000 for the second offense, and suspension or revocation of franchise or business permit; and P5,000 for the third offense. 

As of Jan. 29, Muntinlupa has 66 active COVID-19 cases out of 5,338 confirmed individuals with 5,103 recoveries and 169 deaths. 

Source: Manila Bulletin (