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PPA launches contract tracing app, ticket vending machine



THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will start utilizing the contact tracing application (app) next week, while the test-run for its automated ticket vending scheme to commence Sunday, 13 September, all interventions aimed to help control the increase of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in the country.

In a virtual presser Saturday, PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said they will start the use of Traze Contact Tracing App by next week to all PPA-governed ports.

“Port passengers are no longer needed to accomplish a health declaration form upon entry. We will use the app for that and it is already ready for download in the Apple and Google play store,” according to Santiago.

Traze contact tracing app was developed by Cosmotech Philippines Inc., and co-developed by the PPA, according to Santiago.

Meanwhile, the test run of its automated ticket vending machine in the Ports of Batangas and Calapan will roll-out 13, September.

“We develop these ticket vending machines to avoid passengers having physical contact with our ticket sellers. From there, we will check its efficiency when it comes to reduction of risks of contracting the virus,” Santiago explained.

He said safety health protocols, such as one-meter physical distance, no-mask, no face-shield, no-entry policy, hand washing corners and cargo disinfection are still in effect in all PPA-operated ports.