StaySafe.ph seen to boost contact tracing efforts

Health, National

Private firms have committed their support to the national government’s StaySafe.ph contact tracing application that is expected to further mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 infections and facilitate the safe reopening of the country’s economy.

The commitment was made some of the country’s biggest private firms during the recent launch in Manila of the StaySafe.ph, app, a contact tracing application. The event  elicited commitments from the private sector to partner with the national government in its response against the pandemic.

Among the giant corporations that joined the launch were Filinvest, SM Supermalls, Alliance Global, Megaworld Corporation, Yuchengco Group of Companies, Jollibee Foods Corp., McDonalds, Metrobank, RCBC, Union Bank, JG Summit. Robinsons Malls, and Metrobank.

Steven Tan of SM Supermalls said everyone will now have the power to help one another stay safe through the app, which is why they did not hesitate to answer the call for support as soon as they heard of the initiative.

“It is our civic duty to our country in this challenging times. It is also part of our ongoing responsibility to help our people, our tenants and customers stay safe while we help to gradually restart the economy,” Tan added.

McDonalds Philippines president and CEO Kenneth Yang said their company pledges full support to the national government and the use of this new contact tracing app. “At McDonalds, we have established the M safe drive  and our priority is to keep our employees safe because if they are safe, we know we can keep our customers safe,” he added.

Yang noted that restaurants currently ask customers to fill out handwritten health declaration forms which is tedious and not really effective. He said he believes the new app will be a better contact tracing tool for everyone.

Jollibee Foods Corporation president Pepot Minana said their “top priority is the safety of our customers and our employees and so it actually says exactly what we want, that everybody should stay safe.”

The corporate leaders were one in their belief that through public and the private sector collaboration, the country will be able to better fight the Covid-19 menace. They said the launch of the app “sends an important message of speaking one voice and having a unified effort in fighting the transmission of the disease.”

The national government, for its part, admitted it cannot defeat Covid-19 pandemic alone and that public-private sector collaboration will be a big factor in containing the crisis.

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