StaySafe sakalam! CEO of controversial app developer appointed DICT undersecretary

The top honcho of the tech company which developed the StaySafe contact tracing app used at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has been appointed as undersecretary at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

MultiSys Technologies Corp. chief executive officer Dave Almirol took his oath on Thursday (August 4).

DOE starts using MVP Group’s Staysafe.ph app

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) made the use of StaySafe mandatory for entrance in government offices and private commercial establishments at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic starting late 2020.

The IATF made the decision despite concerns over the safety of users’ data and interoperability with other contact tracing mechanisms created by the private sector and some local government units.

No less than then-Health Secretary Francisco Duque III acknowledged in 2021 that StaySafe had “almost no impact” on the government’s contact tracing efforts since its launch.

MPIC CFO Joins WBA Allies’ Assembly 2022

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), the country’s leading infrastructure investments company, represented by its Chief Finance, Risk, and Sustainability Officer Chaye A. Cabal-Revilla, joined the World Benchmarking Alliance’s (WBA) Allies’ Assembly 2022 as a speaker and panelist in Cape Town, South Africa.