By Rjhay E. Laurea
QUEZON CITY — Interior Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” C. Abalos Jr. on Thursday (October 20) called on local government units (LGUs) to address the 1.4 million backlogs in the encoding of VaxCertPH.
VaxCertPH is the government’s official digital vaccination certificate program under 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.
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.
Abalos said that of this number, 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.
According to the Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT), 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 (Our vaccination campaign continues so we need to encode all the vaccine records of our citizens so it will not pile up),” 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 (One of the standard requirements in many countries is the proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The implementation of VaxCertPH is very important because it is 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.
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, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Transportation, Department of Tourism, and Department of Labor and Employment. (ai/mtvn)