City Council passes mandatory QR scanning

THE implementation of the Safe Davao QR (DQR) code will soon be strictly implemented after the 19th Davao City Council approved the mandatory DQR scanning on Tuesday, June 29.

The ordinance for the mandatory implementation of the DQR scanning upon entry and exit for all establishments and all individuals, including non-residents of the city, was approved on third and final reading.

Among the provisions of the ordinance is the mandatory DQR scanning of all offices and establishments to individuals entering their premises.

Exempted are offices and establishments that are not enclosed or are not inside a structure with a roof and walls. These include milk tea stall, ambulant vendor, lechon manok stand, sari-sari store, bakery, and palengke (market) stall.

Also exempted are buildings that contain several offices or stores, including malls, hospitals, commercial complex, and other establishments similarly situated. In this case, individual stores and offices in a building should be the ones that will scan the DQR.

The ordinance also states the mandatory posting of DQR code in the entrance or exit of the establishment.

Individuals are not allowed to enter and leave the premises without their DQR being scanned.

Councilor Melchor Quitain Jr., City Council floor leader and committee chair on rules, privileges, laws and ordinances, said in his speech on June 22 that the ordinance aims to strictly implement the DQR, which is being used by the city for contact tracing purposes.

In December 2020, the City Council enacted the DQR ordinance one month after the city government launched and implemented the DQR system.

But Quitain said the previous ordinance did not make the scanning mandatory.

“Unfortunately, in the ordinance we approved [last December], we only made it mandatory for establishments and persons to register and get their own DQRs from the Davao City website,” the councilor said.

“Unfortunately, when it comes to the scanning aspect, we have not yet made it mandatory in the said ordinance because, at that time, everything was experimental. We were able to secure our own DQRs, but the scanning, particularly the scanning app, was still in the process of being perfected,” the councilor added.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued and signed Executive Order (EO) 02, requiring all establishments and offices in the city to implement the scanning of the DQR to all individuals entering their premises, effective February 3, 2021.

Duterte-Carpio, in a letter to Quitain dated May 31, requested the Council to craft the mandatory DQR scanning.

Meanwhile, other provisions of the previous DQR ordinance were adopted to the recently approved ordinance.

For individuals, the ordinance prohibits the use of DQR for non-essential movement, lending or permitting the use of personal DQR to another person, abusing it, using or possessing fake DQR, and using cancelled DQR.

Individuals are also prohibited from refusing to present DQR for scanning or inspection purposes when required by uniformed authorities. Presenting fake ID and other documents in the DQR registration is also not allowed.

Also penalized are individuals making or selling fake DQR, and hacking the DQR system.

Individuals using the DQR for non-essential movement, cancelled DQR, and failure to present DQR will be reprimanded for the first offense, while the offender will be penalized P1,000 for second offense, and P1,500 for third ordinance.

Business establishments who violate the ordinance will be issued written warning for first offense, while a fine of P5,000 and/or suspension of business operations for 30 days from date of violation will be imposed on second offense, and both fine of P5,000 and cancellation of business permit will be imposed on third offense.

DQR is an electronic contact tracing and travel pass platform intended to be implemented for several purposes in Davao City.

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao is Davao City's most sought after community content provider in both print and online. It is part of the SunStar news network in the Philippines. Sun.Star Davao started as a bi-weekly newspaper Peryodiko Dabaw in December 1985 by Elpidio G. Damaso as the so-called alternative press during the end days of the Marcos dictatorship. It started publishing five times a week the following year and was relaunched as Ang Peryodiko Dabaw on September 7, 1987, marking the entry of new investors and its use of desktop publishing, while its Davao City competitors were still using letterpress.

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