MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to launch ‘Vax Cert PH,’ a portal where Filipinos can generate their digital vaccination certificate that can be used in contactless transactions amid the threat of COVID-19.
The project is in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
The DICT plans to release the ‘Vax Cert PH’ in the first week of September.
‘Vax Cert PH’ requires an individual to encode his or her name and other vaccination information such as the date of the first and second dose of COVID shots as well as the brand administered.
The portal can be accessed by providing the needed information and the system will look for the record.
After entering required details, the portal will provide the applicant the requested digital vaccination card or certificate.
In case the information being searched is not found, the individual may approach his or her local government for assistance.
“Kapag nag-match, agad-agaran nya pong makukuha yung kanyang vaccine certificate, Kung hindi man, may contact center na tatawag sa kanila at aalalayan sila para makuha ito at kung sakaling hindi pa rin mahanap ang kanilang record. Posibleng hindi pa naipadala ng ng LGU ang kanilang record,” explained DICT Undersecretary Manny Caintic.
“Huwag magaalala kasi tinuturuan namin ang mga LGU ngayon kung paano matulungan ang kanilang mga constituent sa pagkuha at pag rectify at pagayos ng kanilang mga datos,” he added.
The DICT was tasked to design and create the portal while the DOH manages the public’s vaccination records.
Currently, the DICT is conducting a full training among LGU representatives on how to handle the system.
“Hintay lang ng konti, okay na ang system handa na sya sana at naka integrate na ito sa Wolrd Health Organization Countries kaso lang gusto lang natin ng sapat na panahon para magkaroon ng kumpiyansa ang ating mga LGU,” Caintic said.
The official said the digital vaccination certificate has security features to prevent forging and the agency assured the said digital certificate will be recognized in other countries as it is based on the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Ang vaccine information data ay talagang iisa lang ang source at ito po ay pinoproteksyunan sa pagtutulungan po namin at ang pag-i-issue po ng vaccine certificate ay privately encrypted at ito’y hawak lang po ng Department of Health,” Caintic said.
The DICT confirmed that most LGUs have already submitted their records on COVID vaccination with Metro Manila having the highest compliance rate. MNP (with reports from Marvin Calas)