STARTING next week, the City of Valenzuela will replace traditional forms with a software that could help in contact tracing and in the prevention of further transmission of Covid-19.
The Valenzuela Tracing (ValTrace) Application, which is supported by revised City Ordinance 783, Series of 2020, specifying amendments on Sections 11 and 17, will allow residents and non-residents to register and download their own Quick Response (QR) codes. These QR codes will be presented upon entering enclosed indoor establishments in the city as it officially rolls out the “No QR Code, No Entry” policy on October 5.
The local government unit collaborated with Appcase Inc. to develop the app. Registration and the use of the app is free of charge.
Establishments and individuals are required to register in the app by signing up at https://valtrace.appcase.net as Citizen (for individuals) and as Merchant (for establishments).
After registration, individuals will be provided with a unique ValTrace generated QR code which they can store on their phone or print for a physical copy.
On the other hand, establishments need to install the ValTrace QR scanner app which will have the software that will allow them to scan the QR code of registrants prior to entering the establishments.
When the QR code is scanned by a listed establishment, an individual’s personal information will be transmitted to the Valenzuela Central Contact Tracing System at the Mega Contact Tracing Center for easy tracing.
There will only be one QR code per person. The QR codes shall not replace the use of the Quarantine Pass as it is still required in Valenzuela City when entering establishments.
Individuals who fail to comply with the ordinance will be charged with an administrative penalty of P1,000 on the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; and P5,000 for the third offense and/or imprisonment of not more than 30 days subject to the discretion of the court.
Establishments that fail to comply will be charged with P5,000 and suspension of their franchise or business permit until the violation has been rectified on the first offense; P10,000, 24 hours of community service, and suspension of franchise or business permit until the violation has been rectified for the second offense; and P15,000 and revocation of franchise or business permit for the third offense.
The city government will handle all information gathered from the data subjects with the highest degree of confidentiality and will securely dispose of the information after 30 days from the time it was collected.