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Updated to explain a bit the origin of Bayanihan, and some corrections.
“I believe that we Filipinos can win this war quickly, if we can bring back the Filipino discipline and the Filipino Bayanihan spirit. Following seriously the instruction of our government and by Staying Home, Staying Healthy and STAYING SAFE.”
— MultiSys CEO/Founder David L. Almirol, Jr.
By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — IN fighting the onslaught of Covid-19, an unseen and treacherous enemy, every Filipino must lend a hand.
Meaning in Pilipino, “Bayanihan” translates to “community spirit”, or “concerted effort” or even “cooperation”.
Bayanihan, it appears, came first from the rural communities. That’s when a family wishes to transfer the location of their house.
A house in the countryside are usually of light materials that lends it easy to uproot from its anchors, then carried by many friends and neighbors invited by the family to the new location.
After the job is done the family offers food for everybody, thanking them for their community spirit.
Bayanihan in fighting the spread and transmission of the pandemic novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as the World Health Organization or WHO named it) is urgently required of Filipinos.
Why? For obvious reason. The government cannot do it alone. Thus, the government has been urging the public to heed the call to cooperate and help in every way.
One way of helping is to follow the extended Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) regulations that’s set to end by midnight of April 30. Barring any hitch.
Staying home and social distancing are two of those regulations.
The Department of Health (DOH) in its April 10, 4 p.m., updates for the Philippines, shows the number of confirmed cases at 4,195; recoveries at 140; and fatalities at 221.
On a global scale, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) real-time Dashboard on Covid-19, the tally of confirmed infections as of April 10 has spiked to 1,699,490; recovered patients at 377,040; and mortality at 102,800.
The United States still has the biggest number of cases — 501,609.
Many countries and territories are in the fight versus the coronavirus after hundreds, thousands of their respective citizens have contracted it, which emphasizes the need for a global “Bayanihan” response.
As United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres points out recently, “Covid-19 is threatening the whole of humanity — and the whole of humanity must fight back.”
Put in different expression, “Every single person has a role to play in ending this pandemic,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanos Ghebreyesus stresses in his media briefing on Covid-19 on April 10.
Everyone playing a role can’t be overemphasized, be they government officials, health workers, ordinay citizens, etc.
The battle, then, is global, by country, by communities. By individuals, too.
That’s what MultiSys Technologies Corporation, intends, apparently, for individuals to stand up and be counted. And they do not have to leave the comfort of their home.
“The main objective of StaySafe.ph is to promote a ‘Digital Bayanihan’ — making everyone involve to fight our common enemy, the Covid-19.”
— MultiSys CEO/Founder David L. Almirol, Jr.
Thus, from the minds of MultiSys Founder and CEO David L. Almirol, Jr. and his tech-savvy staff — coders, programmers, developers, designers — was born “StaySafe.ph”, an online platform where individuals as well as members of their family can register and write down if they are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus driving the 2019-novel coronavirus disease. And the beauty of it all is that it’s FREE.
“Walang bayad (no fees),” Almirol told SDN — Science and Digital News in a text message on Saturday.
“The main objective of StaySafe.ph is to promote a ‘Digital Bayanihan’ — making everyone involve to fight our common enemy, the Covid-19,” he explains.
“I believe that we Filipinos can win this war quickly, if we can bring back the Filipino discipline and the Filipino Bayanihan spirit. Following seriously the instruction of our government and by Staying Home, Staying Healthy and STAYING SAFE (emphasis his),” Almirol, sounding forward-looking, says.
MultiSys, a leading software solutions company launched the online platform last week, bringing the battle versus Covid-19 online. With StaySafe.ph, tracking cases related with the viral pandemic is made easy. So, the public and private sectors will be able to track and monitor cases of their communities in the country, and the world at no cost to them.
StaySafe.ph is an emergency response and community-driven social distancing website (http://www.staysafe.ph).
Visitors can contribute to the battle against Covid-19 just by reporting the health conditions of their respective family members without revealing sensitive information. In doing so, the private sector and local government units (LGUs) will be able to give immediate assistance needed by employees or locals under their jurisdiction, making it easier to track Covid-19 on a national basis.
No worry about personal data.
Almirol emphasized that only age and gender are asked of visitors if they make a report.
“We followed the guidance of the (National) Privacy Commission by not requiring registrants’ first name, last name, birthdate and address,” he assures.
“StaySafe.ph is intended to help mitigate risks especially in vulnerable areas, as authorities will have real-time alerts and easy monitoring of criticial situations in their respective communities. During this difficult time, in the time of such pandemic, quick response is crucial, which is why we helped develop this app.”
On April 8, Almirol signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 headed by Chief Implementer and Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. to formally offer StaySafe.ph to the government. (SDN)