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THE Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) said on Friday that a unified database of fully vaccinated individuals will be much more credible than vaccination cards issued by the local government units (LGUs).

ULAP national president and Quirino Governor Dakila Carlo Cua underscored in a radio interview the need to come up with a unified database so that LGUs can easily and systematically verify whether or not an arriving individual already completed their COVID-19 jabs upon entry to a province, city or municipality.

He said that the simplest is a database that is readily accessible, adding that such a system is the most useful that the LGUs could use.

He explained that in terms of land transportation, not all QR codes of travellers could be validated on site since not all checkpoints have access to WiFi.

Kung card lang talaga na papel, wala pang safety features,” Cua said.

ULAP presented the proposal to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Health (DOH) in their meeting on Thursday.

Cua also proposed a system that could verify the positive or negative COVID-19 test result of an individual.

He said one of the possibilities being looked into is the use of an individual’s national ID number into the verification system.

Cua said they are also suggesting a unified vaccination card due to the different designs and layouts of vaccination cards of LGUs.

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