In an August 8 advisory, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reminded law enforcement agencies that the RapidPass of Allowed Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) continue to be active.
RapidPass is a verification system that eases the flow of frontliners and priority vehicles through Metro Manila’s checkpoints. RapidPass.ph produces digital passes with QR codes that will be scanned at checkpoints for easier verification.
Under the July 16 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) omnibus guidelines, law enforcement agencies should recognize any of these IDs:
- IATF IDs issued by the regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over permitted establishments or persons
- bona fide IDs issued by establishments exempted from the strict home quarantine requirement
- RapidPass IDs
APORs whose RapidPass remains valid during the MECQ period include those in customs brokerage, container yards, civil aviation, delivery services, delivery of parcels, transportation facilities, shipping lines, ship captain and crew, manufacturing, food chain, freight forwarders, trucking services, warehousing, and port operators and services.
The RapidPass of persons not in the list will be deactivated until the lifting of the MECQ or further issuances from the IATF.
Early this month, the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan reverted to MECQ from general community quarantine (GCQ) amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The MECQ, which started on August 4, stays in effect until August 18.