The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is encouraging government, private and business entities exempted from the enhanced community quarantine to register their authorized frontliners and personnel in the Rapid Pass System (RPS) through bulk application.
RPS is the government’s initiative, through the DICT, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Joint Task Force COVID Shield (JTF) and DEVCONNECT Philippines Inc. (DEVCON), to speed up inspections of frontliners and priority vehicles at designated Quarantine Control Points (QCPs) in order to reduce unnecessary physical contact during the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Launched last April 6, RPS uses QR codes and control numbers as checkpoint passes. The operations of the RPS, as of now, shall only cover those in the National Capital Region (NCR).
“The President wants unhampered flow of goods and unhampered transportation of critical personnel and frontliners in this battle against the pandemic. That’s why the DICT, under the guidance of the IATF-MEID, leads this effort to ensure efficiency in our checkpoints as we prepare for this New Norm.” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said.
“Since the launch of the system, we have seen a surge in RapidPass applications. In order to fast track the processing of applications, we highly encourage all government, private and business entities rendering essential services to register their employees through bulk application,” Honasan added.
He also said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Technical Working Group for the Rapid Pass System (IATF-MEID-RPS), chaired by the DICT, has already submitted the guidelines for bulk application to the IATF. Honasan encourages all concerned entities to coordinate with their respective approving agencies on how to apply for a RapidPass.
As of now, there is still no issuance from the IATF-MEID on the cancellation/revocation of the IATF-IDs. As such, all checkpoint personnel should still honor all issued IATF-IDs.
For information on Rapidpass application, updated list of approving agencies, and the list of QCPs in NCR, please visit https://dict.gov.ph/rapidpass.
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