City council amends ‘eSalvar’ ordinance

NAGA CITY --- The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) here has passed City Ordinance 2020-101 amending the “eSalvar” ordinance, which now allows public and private establishments the use of logbook in gathering information from clients and customers that are relevant in the conduct of contact tracing activities.

The new ordinance amended several provisions of City Ordinance 2020-086, which was passed and approved on Sept. 8, this year, to reinforce the Naga City Contact Tracing System thru “eSalvar.”

The amendatory ordinance, which was authored by City Councilor Joselito SA Del Rosario and enacted last Tuesday, Oct. 27, also contained additional section that provide for exemption during emergency cases and the renumbering of Sections 18-20 as Sections 19-21.

Section 2 of the new ordinance said that “a new section, numbered as Section 18, is hereby added to Ordinance 2020-086, to wit:

“Section 18. Exemption during emergency cases, access to hospitals and other institutions providing emergency services must not be preconditioned on filling up of entries in a manual logbook or on presentation of QR ID in a digital logbook.”

Sections 18-20, which are the separability, repealing, and effectivity clauses of Ordinance 2020-086, were renumbered as Sections 19, 20, and 21, respectively.

Mayor Nelson Legacion has already approved the new ordinance and it shall take effect after publication in a newspaper of local circulation.

Also amended were some of the provisions contained in Sections 8, 9, 10, and 13 of the previous ordinance which now read as follows (amended provisions are in italics):

Section 8 (a) “In case that an individual has no QR ID card or the concerned public or private office/establishment has not yet registered for digital log-booking or has opted to not adopt eSalvar they may proceed with the manual log-booking of all individuals entering their premises by gathering the following information, pursuant to DOLE/DTI Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04, s. 2020:

Full name, complete address, mobile/phone number, email address, date and time of visit, seating/table no./ location, and signature.

(b) Entries in the manual logbook must be submitted to the Contact Tracing and Monitoring Center the next day that the data have been collected.

(c) Entries in the manual logbook must solely be used for contact tracing and must not be used for commercial and other purposes.

(d) The pens and other materials used for manual log-booking must be sanitized regularly.

(e) Violations of any provisions provided herein shall be imposed with penalties provided under Section 13(b) of this Ordinance.

Section 9 “All enclosed public and private offices/establishments in Naga City are hereby mandated to:

(d) Prior to entry [of customers, clients, and employees], scan using a gadget capable of QR Code scanning/reading the QR ID of individuals desiring to enter its premises in order to verify the identity of the person possessing such QR ID and check the photograph which should match that of actual person possessing the QR ID;

Section 10 (c) of the amendatory ordinance decrees that “all recorded information of an individual’s date and time of visit or entry in an office/establishment shall be automatically deleted from the server 30 days from storage therein. The forms used for manual log-booking shall be destroyed 30 days after their collection.

While Section 13 (b) states that: “Failure of any public/private office/establishment to register to eSalvar within thirty (30) days from the effectivity of this Ordinance or to observe the steps mandated under Section 8 and/or Section 9 hereof shall be liable to the penalties in accordance to the provisions given in previous ordinance].