News Room champions bayanihan spirit to stem the spread of COVID-19

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—Leading Philippine software company Multisys Technologies Corporation, the National Task Force COVID-19, and various local government units have recently joined forces in the spirit of bayanihan through launching the digital emergency response platform, 

MultiSys developed the community-driven social distancing system to further help the government contain and mitigate the ramifications brought by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through allowing users to report the health conditions of their household members while also protecting their identity and other sensitive information. Users can list the COVID-19 symptoms they are experiencing to determine if they fall under mild, moderate or severe cases. 

“We developed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through mobilizing our kababayans by simply reporting their health conditions at the safety of their own homes,” MultiSys Chief Executive Officer and founder David Almirol Jr. said. “Enabling our fellow citizens to protect themselves through this digital tool will aid the government’s efforts to monitor cases nationwide and provide assistance to those in need.”

With the number of positive cases continuously rising, the government continues to call on Filipinos to stay at home and practice social distancing, in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Staying at home helps the country significantly in combating COVID-19. will allow the Filipino public to take part in the bayanihan effort to prevent the spread of this disease by protecting themselves and their loved ones at home. We hope everyone will register and use the app so we can continue to heal as one,” the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Carlito G. Galvez said. 

The National Task Force COVID-19 will coordinate with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, and local government units around the country to manage the platform. The government will be able to use the health reports submitted by citizens to identify which areas are highly affected by the pandemic and decide on actions to be taken.

It is expected that 20 million users will join MultiSys and the National Task Force COVID-19 are also closely collaborating with PLDT to expedite the release of its mobile application, which will be available for both Android and iOS users. The mobile app will provide real-time alerts to LGUs of vulnerable areas to efficiently manage risks and calibrate actions. 

Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, Almirol said could also be used by the government in the future to ensure quick and decisive disaster response to other crises.