DepEd, DOH to work on apps to monitor students immunized with Dengvaxia

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) — The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) are working together to develop software applications to monitor the health status of students who received the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.

A statement from the DOH on Monday said both agencies have partnered with Indra Philippines, Inc. which would develop the the Register, Serve, Validate, Plan (RSVP) system and Galileo Software Services Inc., which will develop the Dengue Vaccine Monitoring System (DVMS).

"The mobile apps can be downloaded by parents, guardians, and even teachers to report the conditions of the learner...," DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del B. Pascua said. "Data of critical incidents will help DepEd and DOH in providing immediate treatment or observation whenever necessary. That is precisely what the Dengvaxia mobile apps will do."

Pascual said it was important to register all students who received Dengvaxia, but DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said it was not mandatory.

"Parents who are interested in tracing and monitoring the state of their children when they are away from home or are at school can take advantage of these two kinds of apps," Briones added

The statement said the DepEd, DOH, Indra, and Galileo would all abide by the provisions of Republic Act No. 10173, specifically on the sharing and processing of personal data.

DOH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said the project's objective was to "assuage the uncertainties felt by the parents," and added that this shall be a collaboration not only between DepEd and DOH.

"DILG has to be included in the loop so that there will be more thorough and closer coordination between the service providers and the holders of the information and the database," Duque added.