The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases – Technical Working Group for the RapidPass System (IATF-TWG-RPS), led by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), has issued the guidelines for the implementation of the RapidPass System.
Conceptualized by the IATF-MEID, the Rapid Pass System is the government’s initiative to speed up checking of identities of frontliners and authorized personnel, and to lessen person-to-person contact at designated checkpoints. The system employs QR codes and control numbers as checkpoint passes.
In line with these guidelines, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued Memorandum Order 06-04-2020 to implement the system for the telecommunications sector. This sector includes Public Telecommunication Entities (PTEs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Value-Added Service Providers (VASPs), Cable TV Networks (CATVs), and other Pay TV services and their third-party contractors.
These entities should apply for their essential and skeletal workforce through bulk application. Individual applications filed directly to the RapidPass website by individuals belonging to the covered entities will be denied. The companies are required to accomplish a spreadsheet, RapidPass Form, and an Attestation Form (downloadable from https://dict.gov.ph/RapidPass) and should email this to the NTC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NTC’s Regulation Branch or Broadcast Services Division shall verify the completeness of the applications, ensure the personnel listed are appropriately considered as Allowed Persons Outside of Residence (APOR), and determine the appropriate number of RapidPasses to be issued. Once approved, the RapidPass Forms shall be uploaded to the Rapid Pass System for processing and RapidPass QR Code generation.
“Internet and mobile services have become indispensable in our daily lives during this community quarantine. With RapidPass, we hope to fast track movement and access of telco and ISP personnel so that they may continue to do their duties, especially in ensuring unhampered services to the Filipino people,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.
“This in line with the objectives set forth by the President through the IATF-MEID, for unhampered transport of goods and services while observing the guidelines of social distancing during the ECQ, as we prepare for the new norm” Honasan added.