Mayor Alegado praised for using hi-tech tracker app in Cebu town


CEBU CITY – The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) has lauded a northern town in Cebu province for using artificial intelligence (AI)-powered application in tracking residents within the municipality during the general community quarantine (GCQ).

Titus Borromeo, the OPAV spokesperson, said in a statement on Friday that the app is helping Consolacion town keep track of the movement of its residents as part of the efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Mayor Joannes Alegado said personnel stationed at quarantine control points (checkpoints) are now using the Conan app to identify the destination of quarantine pass holders.

Since the municipality of Consolacion has been placed under GCQ, more residents, especially workers, are leaving their homes, Alegado said.

The application would help monitor their locations on a particular day.

“Quarantine passes are scanned every time the holder goes through checkpoints, which would be downloaded to the database,” he said.

Through Conan’s location logger, the database would help health authorities in the contact tracing efforts in case they discovered positive Covid-19 patients within the town.

Alegado also said members of the Philippine National Police can use the Conan app in scanning the workers’ permit and authority to operate of businessmen upon passing through the checkpoints.

The Conan automated chat assistant also provides quick responses to queries related to Covid-19 as well as updates from the Consolacion Municipal Hall.

According to the mayor, the system is available 24/7. (PNA)