DAVAO CITY – As the city is set to use a “Quick Response (QR) code” system next month to further improve the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) contact tracing here, Mayor Sara Z. Duterte warned Dabawenyos on the proliferation of online “fixers” who would try to sell fake ones.

In a radio interview Friday, Mayor Sara said the city government is still working on the “Safe Davao QR” website where Dabawenyos can register their personal details for them to be given unique QR code identifiers that may be presented either through printed formats or mobile devices.

“We have to be careful in dealing with people offering QR codes for sale because these cannot be invented. We will provide you the link or site for the application or registration. We have not yet given you the date of its implementation yet,” Duterte said.

Registrants, she said, must present a valid government identification card (ID) or a birth certificate.

“The requirements are very basic: all you need to present is a valid government ID and if you don’t possess one, you can present your birth certificate. Again, it is for free,” Duterte said.

Mayor Sara also sought the cooperation of the private sector for the initiative to progress smoothly.

“The QR Code will be mandatory in Davao City by November. This is one of our moves to hasten the contact tracing. The success of this will be dependent on the support of our offices and establishments because they are required to have all their clients to scan the QR Code and that QR Code will store a 14-day data of that person,” she said.

Duterte said that based on her discussions with the City Information Technology Center (CITC), the QR codes can be issued manually for residents who are not tech-savvy enough or do not have smartphones.

“For those who do not have smartphones capable of reading QR codes, they can print their QR code in the computer shops and present it at the establishments,” she added.

Mayor Sara assured that the implementation QR Code system will not be subjected to any fraud-related incidents, saying the CITC has taken all the necessary precautions to protect the data of residents.

She added that the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) and the province of Davao de Oro have expressed their desire to share the same database used by the city government for the QR code system. (PNA)