Under Resolution No. 70 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), the Enhanced RapidPass Technical Working Group (TWG) was reconvened and directed to draft policies that will enhance RapidPass. The group will be chaired by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Members will include the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of National Defense, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine National Police, among others.
RapidPass is an online system launched last April to provide frontliners and those on the Allowed Persons Outside of Residences (APOR) list a quick passage through checkpoints in Metro Manila during community quarantine periods.
The system, a project of nonprofit organization Developers Connect Inc. in partnership with DOST and DICT, uses QR (Quick Response) code technology to fast-track inspections and minimize person-to-person contact at quarantine control points or checkpoints.
Users of the QR code can print it and post it on the windshield or side door of their vehicles, or show it to the checkpoint personnel from their mobile phones.
On April 20, the RapidPass system was officially turned over to the RapidPass Coordination Council, which was created by the IATF a few days earlier on April 14. From thereon, DICT took over the implementation of the system.
All RapidPass QR codes are valid until December 31, 2020.