Benhur Abalos

Abalos urges LGUs to speed up vaxcert encoding

October 20, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 454 views

DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” C. Abalos Jr. Thursday urged local government units (LGUs) to address the 1.4 million backlogs in the encoding of VaxCertPH, the government’s official digital vaccination certificate program, in the Vaccination Information Management System (VIMS).

“This has long been an issue in our LGUs as we try to improve the inventory of Filipino citizens who have registered for VaxcertPH. We implore our LGUs to work double time in addressing their backlogs in the VIMS,” Abalos said.

Abalos said that as of September 22, the VIMS, VaxCertPH’s official central database, has a backlog of a total of 1,460,582 vaccination records of citizens.

Of this number, he said, 334,317 were due to missing records; 308,386 were not recorded for lack of manpower; 243,300 due to late submission; 122,897 for incomplete data; 109,806 for missing data fields; 94,575 for operational and procedural issues; and 75,831 due to issues with Internet connections, among others.

He said that according to the Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT) – the lack of Internet connection; lack of manpower in encoding; missing data and records; incorrect data and records; and lack of response from LGUs are major causes of the said backlog.

“Tuloy-tuloy po ang ating kampanya sa pagpapabakuna kaya kailangang maitala na po ang vaccine records ng ating mga mamamayan upang hindi ito tumambak pa,” the DILG chief said.

Abalos said that now that VaxCertPH is among the most “widely recognized” vaccination certificates globally, recognized across 94 countries and territories, LGUs must ensure that the digital records of their vaccinated constituents are updated.

VaxCertPH is now accepted among the top trading, investment, tourism, and Filipino migrant destinations and partner countries of the Philippines. Moreover, VaxCertPH is among the few vaccination certificates compliant with both Digital Infrastructure for Verifiable Open Credentialing (DIVOC) and European Union Digital Covid-19 Certificate (EU DCC) standards.

“Isa sa mga standard requirements ng maraming bansa ay proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Kaya naman napakaimportante ng ating pag-implement ng VaxCertPH dahil ito ay trusted, verifiable and internationally recognized,” Abalos said.

In an urgent DILG memorandum released recently, Abalos reminded all local chief executives (LCEs) and LGU VaxcertPH focal persons that vaccine records of all vaccinated individuals should be uploaded to the VIMS on the same day or within 24 hours of an individual’s inoculation. “Kasabay ng pagbabakuna ay dapat ma-encode na ang mga impormasyon sa VIMS para maiwasan ang backlog.”

He likewise reiterated the responsibilities of LGUs on the implementation of VaxCertPH project mentioned in Joint Administrative Order No. 2022-001 signed by the DILG, DICT, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Tourism (DOT), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

He said that based on the said memorandum, LGUs must accurately encode the personal and vaccination details of each vaccinee within their jurisdiction; provide support to LGUs that do not have access to the Internet, computer, or smart devices or printers by providing the means to access the portal and print the VaxCertPH; and, ensure the timely encoding of the Line List backlogs through Vaccine Administration System (VAS) Line List uploader.

LGUs are likewise directed to provide capacity building and technical support and coordinate other immediate concerns on the VaxCertPH project to DOH and DICT counterparts in the regions; and assign human and financial resources for encoding of line-list data, the rectification of records, setting up of VaxCertPH booths in strategic places in the LGUs.

Abalos also directed all concerned DILG officials and personnel to closely coordinate with their respective LGUs to address the concerns and provide the necessary support for the swift and efficient implementation of the program. “Tulungan po natin ang ating mga LGUs na ma-address ang causes ng backlog para sa mabilis at maayos na implementasyon ng programang ito.”

The VaxCertPH is the government’s digital vaccination certificate program that complies with international standards, including the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines on digital documentation of COVID-19 certificates.