Frontliners Now Have an Easier Way to go Through Quarantine Checkpoints
by Inside Manila Team, April 23, 2020 6:07pm
Photo from news.abs-cbn.com
As the rules of quarantine become stricter, even our frontliners face hassle when going through quarantine checkpoints. To address this, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) expands a project for our modern-day heroes.
They are expanding the RapidPass Project, an online registration service for frontliners, to cover the whole of Metro Manila. This will make going through quarantine checkpoints in the entire Metro Manila area is about to become easier for frontline personnel and other people authorized to travel under the COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions.
Developed by DevCon Philippines and the DOST, RapidPass.ph is a website that provides for free a unique QR code that serves as authorization for frontliners like health workers and people delivering food, medicine and other essential supplies to go through checkpoints quickly and securely. The QR code can be printed on paper and placed on vehicles, or, saved on smartphones to be shown to uniformed personnel manning Quarantine Control Points (QCPs).
To enable the service to work throughout Metro Manila, the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the QCPs need smartphones loaded with calls, SMS, and data packages so they can read and confirm the validity of the QR codes being shown by frontliners, thus facilitating their movement. These phones were provided by Smart Communications.
“We hope that this initiative of the DOST, DevCon, DICT and the IATF will provide a positive example of how we can fight the COVID-19 pandemic in a smart way, using digital technologies,” said Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President and CEO and SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups.
Moving forward, the IATF is thinking of using the RapidPass system for the entire country, even after the COVID-19 ECQ is lifted, either entirely or partially. This will help the government control the movement of traffic even after restrictions are relaxed and thus help prevent the continued spread of the coronavirus.