Photo courtesy of Engr. Benjz Sevilla, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Resilient Government Emergency Communications, during the RapidPass.ph pilot test.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) assured the public that the RapidPass.ph has complied with data privacy requirements and has underwent the agency’s preliminary cybersecurity tests before its kick-off on Monday, April 6, 2020.

RapidPass.ph is the government’s initiative to fast track movement and access of frontliners, and priority vehicles at designated checkpoints during the enhanced community quarantine. It is a system which uses QR codes and control numbers as checkpoint passes or permits.

Frontliners and authorized persons, such as delivery personnel, and responders can request their unique QR codes and control numbers by applying through the rapidpass.ph website or application. Companies, on the other hand, can provide a list of their employees to the government agency having jurisdiction over their respective sectors. The government agency will in turn process the application.

Upon approval of application, the QR codes will be emailed and the control numbers will be texted to the applicants.

Individuals can either show their QR codes through their smartphones or print them. Printed codes can be displayed on the vehicle’s windshield for easy scanning at checkpoints. A control number, coupled with a valid ID, can also be presented in place of the QR code.

DICT Assistant Secretary for Digital Philippines Emmanuel Rey Caintic said the RapidPass.ph has underwent an initial Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT). In relation, he added that the DICT has asked DEVCON to ensure that all the findings from the VAPT have been addressed. The DICT Cybersecurity Bureau shall also continue the conduct of VAPT on the system and monitoring of its servers for possible threats.

RapidPass.ph was conceptualized by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-IED) to speed up the checking of identities and vehicles and to prevent person-to-person contact between frontliners and checkpoint officers.

The DICT, as part of the IATF-EID, is in-charge of RapidPass.ph’s system quality assurance, data management and data privacy protection.

“As the country’s primary policy maker, administrator, and champion of information and communications technology, the DICT welcomes the development of the RapidPass System as an invaluable contribution to digital solutions-building in the time of COVID-19. We fully commit to advancing and supporting ICT solutions that address the problems related to the COVID-19 emergency.” Caintic said.