Govt requires public disclosure of information on Covid-19 cases

By Ma. Reina Leanne Tolentino, TMT

THE public disclosure of personal information relating to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is now required, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.

“The IATF adopts the policy of mandatory public disclosure of personal information relating to positive Covid-19 cases to enhance the contact-tracing efforts of the government”, Nograles, the IATF’s spokesman, said in a virtual briefing as he shared the contents of IATF Resolution 22 which it approved on Wednesday.

IATF is the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease.

Nograles said that the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), in coordination with other agencies and local government units as may be appropriate, shall lead the government’s contact-tracing efforts.

“For this purpose, the DoH and the OCD are directed to enter into a data-sharing agreement in accordance with Republic Act No. 10173 or the ‘Data Privacy Act’”, he said.

DoH is the Department of Health.

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