The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently launched its new paperless app, the S-PaSS (Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage). According to the Philippine National Police chief Gen, Debold Sinas, the app offers a convenient and safe way for local travelers to process their travel authority passes online.
Sinas said that the S-PaSS app will greatly help the PNP in imposing the enhanced community quarantine protocols in different local government units that have set up quarantine control points.
"It will continue to help and benefit LGUs in recording and monitoring in real-time, traveler's information, such as those who are going in and out of their respective localities," Sinas said.
Sinas added that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved the implementation of the S-PaSS and promised it to be an all-in-one app to help all the Local Stranded Individuals (LSIs), the Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs), Emergency Travelers (ETS) and other essential travelers.
"The PNP welcomes the development of this local mobility feature as a tool which integrates the processing system for the issuance of Travel Pass-Through Permit or TPP and Travel Coordination Permit of PCP, Travel Authorities and QR codes which quickly generates real-time reports needed," he said.
On the other hand, Sinas said police deployment will continue to impose a strict following of the minimum public health and safety protocols to the public, even with the S-PaSS mobile app.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles stated during one of the meetings with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) that the S-PaSS can be used on a much broader scale. He said, "Science and technology are very important in our fight against COVID-19. This (S-PaSS) has a very rigorous approach to helping people travel, especially in areas where we are trying to establish a tourism bubble."
Furthermore, Fortunato de la Peña, the DOST Secretary told the Philippine News Agency that sixty LGU's already made adopted the use of the S-Pass.
Source: Philippine News Agency (PNA)