Koronadal City, South Cotabato. The Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (RESPOND) team of the University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc. (UPPAF) through its chief of party Dr. Enrico L. Basilio conducted a briefing and served as resource person on the Supply Chain Analytics (SCAn) Dashboard and Incident Reporter App to the members of the RTF XII on COVID-19 Economy Response Cluster during its 4th Regular Meeting on June 18, 2020.

The said briefing is in response to the cyclical challenges and incessant complaints received by the regional authorities with regard to the hampered flow of goods and other basic necessities in the region especially during this period.

The UPPAF RESPOND is the technical partner of the National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Development Group in the development of the SCAn Dashboard. Through the initiative of Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro of the NEDA Regional Development Group, the proposal was presented to and approved  by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases on April 15, 2020 through IATF Resolution No. 24.

Dr. Basilio informed the members that on May 21, 2020, the team turned- over the said dashboard  to IATF and National Task Force and simultaneously launched the SCAn Mobile App.

“The dashboard is comprised of five (5) key components namely: Supply Chain Incident Report, Trip Videos, Survey of Supply Chain Issues, the link to the other government dashboard, and the Supply Chain Bulletin,” he said.

He also elaborated that in incident reporting, additional information are requested from the reporter to ensure that the uploaded cases are valid, to prevent nuisance reporting, and further supported by trip videos to be provided by the reporter.

Moreover, the reporter must also click the Data Privacy Statement which is submitted to the National Privacy Commission before proceeding to the report/message to ensure that the data provided are well-secured and protected. 

Dr. Basilio also emphasized the fourth component of the dashboard which is the link to other government dashboards such as DA’s Deliver-E dashboard and DTI’s Logistics Observatory. They are also coordinating with the Bureau of Customs to link the E-TRACC System and developing a link to DOH Medical Supply Chain.

“The dashboard also contains supply chain-related news articles, an archive of COVID-related issuances by various government agencies, and other literature on supply chain as well as infographics,” Dr. Basilio highlighted.

He also encouraged the members of the cluster to download and install the mobile app and participate on the upcoming E-Forum so that experts can further shed light on the challenges, issues and concerned encountered by the MSMEs in the Region as it moves towards the new normal.

The members of the cluster expressed their appreciation to Dr. Basilio. During the open forum they recommended to put in place a regional monitoring system link to the SCAn dashboard so that authorities at the regional level can quickly respond to the reported incident in their area of jurisdiction. (Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, NEDA XII-PFPD).