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Cagayan de Oro Mayor says QR code tracing system won’t expose bank data

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY City Mayor Oscar Seriña-Moreno has assured the public during a regular press briefing Monday that the Quick Response (QR) Code to be used in contract tracing of Covid-19 contracted city residents won’t expose the bank data of the code holders.

The mayor quickly responded amid the growing clamor of the people and the business sector, showing their negative approach to the supposed total implementation of the QR code system.

The City Council committee has recently approved an ordinance principally authored by City Councilor Ma Lourdes Gaane and co-authored by most members of the council in Cagayan de Oro.

The City Mayor told the media that the QR Code system, Higala App, won’t even ask users for any bank-related information. 

Moreno said the contract tracing application (Higala App) is also ‘protective’ of the data privacy protocols, saying that those people claiming of bank-related issues such as identity theft are “baseless and absurd.”

Meanwhile, in a separate local radio interview with the principal author and Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane, She said the QR code system has been very well studied by the City Council before it was approved on final reading.

She said this system is only meant to protect the city residents of Cagayan de Oro against the massive rise of coronavirus cases, now happening in Metro Manila and in many countries of the world.

Gaane said the City Council won’t approve such a measure if it would only go beyond the citizens’ privacy. It was approved by the members of the City, she said because in this trying time of the pandemic the City Gov’t cannot allow the surge of cases again.

Mayor Moreno also added that stringent bank secrecy laws are protecting the accounts of people in banks, and the QR code system does not violate the bank secrecy laws.

He told the media that the City Government is now doing its best to make dialogues with the business sector and other stakeholders on the QR code requirement, as stipulated in the ordinance passed by the City Council in February, this year. 

The QR code system is supposed to be officially implemented last April 1, this year but ran into some technical dilemma, prompting the City Government to postpone its full implementation until next month.

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