According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for Emerging Disease, the disclosure of personal information of patients found positive for COVID-19 is now mandatory. Nograles claims that the new policy will enhance contact-tracing of possible PUMs.
“Para po matulungan ang contact-tracing efforts ng ating pamahalaan, mandatory o required na po ang paglalahad ng personal na impormasyon pagdating sa ating mga COVID-19 cases,” states Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, in an article by Panay News. Read more: public disclosure of COVID-19 patients info now mandatory.
“For this purpose, the DOH (Department of Health) and the OCD are directed to enter into a data-sharing agreement in accordance with Republic Act No. 10173 or the “Data Privacy Act,” Nograles adds.
Moreover, Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra supports the call.
“Both the Philippine Medical Association and the Data Privacy Commission provide the ethical and legal basis for this action in times of public health emergency, and the DOJ affirms its validity,” states Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.