You Can Also Download Philippine Red Cross’ COVID-19 Contact Tracing Mobile App
by Inside Manila Team, May 12, 2020 3:36pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, it is important for authorities to know the contact history of each patient tested positive for the virus. But the professionals need help when it comes to tracing. And so, The Philippine Red Cross has launched a new mobile application called RC143 which is designed to help them in contact tracing of COVID-19 cases.
The RC143 is an application that will enable contact tracing using the geo-location and sensory capabilities of smartphones. The app will also enable its users to get information on their likely levels of exposure to the virus.
With the user's consent, the PRC app will track his movements using the location facility of his mobile phone. This information will go to a database through which the PRC will be able to determine which individuals have come into contact with COVID-positive cases.
"The app will be a great force-multiplier for the Philippine Red Cross's first responders in our active monitoring and efforts to assist affected persons and many more people and communities at risk," said Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla.
To provide assistance, Smart is enabling its subscribers to download and use the mobile app free of data charges.
An SMS broadcasting service has also been provided for free to the Philippine Red Cross in their information dissemination programs to fight the pandemic. This Smart Messaging Suite, powered by Soprano, will provide Red Cross 100,000 free text messages per month to strengthen their messaging capabilities to their constituents and other organizations to augment their communications efforts.
"We have high hopes for RC143, in the hands of many Filipinos, not only to contain the spread of the virus but to actually safeguard us in our certain but slow and cautious return to normal social and economic activity," said Zavalla.
This service is another addition to the collective bayanihan efforts of the PLDT group and the MVP Group of companies in assisting government agencies and non-governmental organizations in their efforts to control the spread of the virus and assist the general public amid the ECQ challenges.
The RC143 app can be downloaded here.