The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will soft launch a contact tracing app in the country’s four major international airports tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

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TRAZE, a nationwide and unified QR Code-based app which the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) co-developed with Cosmotech Philippines, Inc., will automate the contact tracing of agencies under the DOTr’s Aviation and Airports sector.

It wil cover the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Manila International Airports Authority (MIAA), Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC), and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA).

The contact tracing app will be simultaneously pilot-tested through tomorrow’s soft launch at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Clark Internal Airport (CRK), Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIAA), and Davao International Airport (DIA).

Other airports will follow soon. After a month, or by November 28, use of TRAZE will be made mandatory for all air passengers in all airports nationwide.

It will eventually be used across all modes of transportation to strengthen the government’s effort in containing COVID 19 by immediately identifying individuals who had contact with patients positive for the disease.

All departing and arriving passengers at the 4 airports will be required to download the app on their mobile phones, and to register an account before proceeding to the airport.

Passengers who do not have mobile phones or any other mobile gadget may go to the Malasakit Helpdesk at the airport for registrarion assistance to get a unique QR code, or they may ask a family member to register them with the app.

The QR code can be used at any DOTr Office nationwide.

By using a QR code, Traze speeds-up the tedious manual contact tracing process to just a few minutes.

Passengers will scan the QR codes at designated areas of the airport. Once a COVID-19 positive patient is identified, an in-app notification will be sent to individuals who may have had contact with the patient so they may immediately observe self-isolation procedure, and other health and sanitation precautionary measures.

Traze is compliant with Republic Act (RA) 1017 or the Data Privacy Act (DPA). It allows anonymous registration and optional submission of personal information (i.e. mobile phone, email address). It is easy to use and does not require Bluetooth nor GPS to work. It will work even with slow data or WiFi.

With nationwide coverage, Traze has complete modules to trace individuals, establishments, logistics, and transportation systems such as trains, vessels, airplanes, jeepneys, taxis, PUVs, and even tricycles, among others.

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