One day, Mang Mario suffered from fever and sore throat for a week. He was worried that he might have been infected with COVID-19 so he got his phone and reported himself immediately to their municipality through the DOST’s FASSSTER and TanodCOVID. Because of this, the authorities were able to conduct immediate surveillance in Mang Mario’s neighborhood to save them from possible COVID-19 threats while they await his test results. Mang Mario works as security guard in one of the big grocery stores. Since the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was implemented, he reports to duty every day to assist customers.
The Department of Science and Technology- Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) is keen on deploying the Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (FASSSTER) and TanodCOVID to help LGUs fast track possible interventions and contact tracing whenever COVID-19 symptoms occurred in a community.
FASSSTER is a web application designed for use by disease modellers, disease surveillance units, planners, and researchers. In partnership with the Department of Health, Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, and the Ateneo de Manila University, FASSSTER aims to provide a user-friendly tool for modeling disease spreads in the Philippines to aid in the DOH's disease surveillance efforts. FASSSTER takes a multi-dimensional approach in modeling disease spreads by using localized indices from Philippine health records and by integrating other data sources including but not limited to: disease and event surveillance systems and electronic medical records.
Meanwhile, TanodCOVID, a component of FASSSTER is for the reporting of COVID19 related symptoms that the individual is experiencing thru free text messaging which the LGUs can validate thru the TanodCOVID system. Map visualizations and report generation are some of the features of the system to aid LGUs in monitoring and decision making. The TanodCOVID system is one of the sources of data for the DOH systems and the FASSSTER system.
On May 13, 2020, the use of FASSSTER was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) through the Resolution No. 36, items H and I. It also endorsed TanodCOVID to LGUs as one of the tools for contact tracing and monitoring through the Omnibus Guidelines, Section 8, item 5, which was approved on May 22, 2020.
As of June 2, 2020, there are forty (40) registered users of FASSSTER in the region. Likewise, LGUs LA Trinidad and Mankayan of the Benguet Province have started the operationalization of TANODCOVID in their municipalities. Technical assistance in project deployment may also be provided to users.