By Minerva Newman
CEBU CITY—The WeTrace-Community Tracing App developed by a team of Cebuano IT experts may now be downloaded on Android phones as it was endorsed by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, requiring its use in the province.
“WeTrace App has been developed to accurately trace and monitor, with utmost privacy and confidentiality persons living in the Province of Cebu who have severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), influenza-like illness (ILI) or have been classified as persons under monitoring (PUM) or those symptomatic of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019),” said an executive order issued by Garcia.
Start-up company DXFORM INC, led by Eddie Ybanez, developed the app.
Ybanez told Manila Bulletin that the app was already available for download, and it has now more than 4,000 users even before its formal launch.
“We are still waiting for Apple to be ready, we are now on the verification stage, hopefully next week kay grabe kayo ka strict ang Apple ni comply lang jud sa ta sa documentations,” Ybanez said.
According to Ybanez the “WeTrace.ph” website will be managed by an interagency consisting of some members of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force on Managing Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) with the Police Regional office-7 (PRO-7), Department of Health-7 (DOH-7), and the Cebu province personnel operating the system.
He said the selected personnel to operate the system have been trained to use the system in terms of encoding, reports gathering and monitoring. “Each agency has their own monitoring site for the system,” Ybanez bared.
The operating cost of the system at P100,000 per month will be funded by the Cebu provincial government that would include cloud server maintenance, rental, systems configuration, reconfiguration, security, firewalls, hosting and subscriptions services that will save all the data gathered for COVID-19 contact tracing activities, Ybanez added.
“We are saving anonymized user data for around 30 days then do auto delete na,” he said.
DOH-7 plans to share in the cost of maintenance because it also wants to use the app for Central Visayas. Ybanez said the coverage for the WeTrace App contact tracing is majority for Cebu and Central Visayas for now.
Ybanez added that team was working and closely coordinating with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the DOH for this app to be used throughout the country as well.