Updated: 12:22 am Sept. 8, 2021
The Department of Communications and Technology (DICT) is eyeing a nationwide issuance of "VaxCertPH," a digital vaccination certificate for Covid-19 in October.
DICT Undersecretary Emmanuel Caintic on Tuesday said the department will "try [its] best" to make the portal accessible to the public next month.
VaxCertPH will be given to individuals who have been fully inoculated against Covid-19.
Each certificate contains the person's name, the date and location where the jab was administered, and the brand of the vaccine.
Caintic said the DICT has asked local government units (LGUs) to submit the list of their vaccine recipients within 48 hours of each vaccination so they could be included in the VaxCertPH database right away.
"Our main objective is [ensuring] the [LGUs'] readiness to rectify records they sent us," he added.
He pointed out that the Philippines was one of the first countries to "adhere" to standards released by the World Health Organization on the issuance of vaccination certificates.
The DICT had said the VaxCertPH can be used in different countries.
The digital vaccination certificate would be especially useful for industrial workers, who have been listed as critically important to the economy.
Also on Tuesday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd announced that more than 400,000 workers from the construction and manufacturing sectors will be inoculated starting today.
Earlier, the government approved a request of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) for the allocation of vaccines for 452,000 workers in the two sectors.
Bello said the special vaccination program will boost employment recovery under the "Reform, Rebound, Recover: One Million Jobs for 2021" project.
In a manifesto signed by DoLE and key National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) Task Force member agencies along with leading business groups led by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), the business organizations committed to the creation of one million jobs for 2021.
"That's their show of support for the task force's efforts to address employment issues caused by the pandemic," Bello said.
"In return, the government through the DoLE pledged it will source vaccines for qualified workers before they're onboarded for work," the Labor chief added.
Bello thanked vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. for delivering on his promise to allocate vaccines for workers.
He lauded the government's industry partners for carrying out their commitment to engage workers in need of employment during the pandemic.
"As long as we persevere in our pursuit of safe and unabating recovery, our economy shall surely spring back and our workforce flourish," Bello said.
He will be joined in the activity by ECOP President Sergio Ortiz-Luiz, representatives from the NERS Task Force (Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), the City of Manila government, the Philippine Constructors Association, Semiconductors and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc., and the National Task Force Against Covid-19.
WITH REPORT FROM WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL