The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) has lauded a northern town in Cebu province for using artificial intelligence (AI)-powered Conan app in tracking residents within the municipality during the general community quarantine (GCQ).

OPAV spokesperson Titus Borromeo said in a statement on Friday that the app helps Consolacion town keep track of the movement of its residents as part of the efforts to combat COVID-19.

Consolacion Mayor Joannes Alegado said personnel stationed at quarantine control points (checkpoints) now use Conan to identify the destination of quarantine pass holders.

Since the municipality of Consolacion has been placed under the GCQ, more residents, especially workers, leave their homes, Alegado said.

The application would help monitor their locations on a particular day.

“Quarantine passes are scanned every time the holder goes through checkpoints, which would be downloaded to the database,” he said.

Through Conan’s location logger, the database can help health authorities in the contact tracing efforts in case they discovered positive COVID-19 patients within the town.

Alegado also said members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) can use Conan in scanning documents like a worker’s permit and authority to operate a business upon passing through the checkpoints.

The Conan automated chat assistant also provides quick responses to queries related to COVID-19 as well as updates from the Consolacion Municipal Hall.

According to the mayor, the system is available 24/7.

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