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The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 1 alongside with its partner agencies, the Department of Health Center for Health and Development 1 (DOH-CHD 1), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 1 and the Regional Task Force (RTF) on COVID-19 in Region 1 continues its efforts to partake with the whole nation to combat the effects of the COVID-19 by managing and maintaining its CovidDETECT and FastPass systems.

The COVID-19 Detection and Reporting of Exposed Individuals Through Efficient Contact Tracing or CovidDETECT System is a tool used by the contact tracing teams in the conduct of contact tracing in Region 1. It is a system for managing information of COVID-19 Cases and its close contacts. It is developed by the Information Technology Services and Management (ITSM) Unit of DOST1 in partnership with the DOH-CHD 1 and RTF Region 1.

The system was created as a tool to hold information of COVID-19 cases and its close contacts with their exposures and symptoms. The data on the system is being populated by DOH-CHD 1 and its counterparts in the Local Government Units (LGUs). The system analyzes the data and is presented into its dashboard which can be accessed by the public at https://coviddetect.dost1.ph.  Also, the information produced by the system can be used to help decision makers and planners as reference in imposing community quarantine and where it needs to be heightened or where are the areas that needs mass testing.

As of April 26, 2021, a total of 13,661 Cases and 70,038 close contacts have been encoded into the system.

On the other hand, FastPass is a system designed to work with CovidDETECT. It is one of the solutions developed and introduced by DOST 1 to enhance the contact tracing activities. It aids on tracking and identification of close contacts of COVID-19 cases with the use of QR Code technology to minimize physical contact with pen and papers. It is intended to be used by individuals who are allowed and authorized to go out during community quarantine including private and public establishments.

The system can help contact tracers identify the close contacts of a certain COVID-19 Case. It records the mobility of an individual by scanning the QR Code and also serves as a tool to prevent or mitigate the spread of the virus by providing warnings to the establishments on the individuals who attempts to enter their vicinity who were tagged as Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), Close Contact or Case.  It can record present body temperature and health declaration of an individual and generate border pass QRs which can be used in border control management. Individuals and Establishments (government, private or schools) may opt to register at https://fastpass.dost1.ph. Likewise, LGUs who are interested to adopt and implement the system may contact DOST 1 for registration. The use of the system is free.

As of April 26, 2021, the clients registered to the FastPass system include 163 and 51 establishments where 10 are private establishments, 25 National Government Agencies (NGAs), 5 provincial offices, 7 Local Government Units (LGUs) and 4 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Both systems were recognized and adopted by the RTF Region 1 through its Resolution No. 33 entitled “Adoption and Deployment of CovidDETECT Application Tool for Decision Making and Contact Tracing” and Resolution No. 159 entitled “Adoption and Deployment of FastPass Application tool for Decision Making ang Contact Tracing”.

With the country’s continuous battle against the COVID-19 virus, DOST 1 and its partner agencies will continue to oversee the smooth implementation and usage of the said systems.