AT least 200 scanners have been distributed to various Quarantine Control Points (QCPs) in Metro Manila amid the government’s decision to expand the Rapid Pass System to help expedite the movement of health workers and other front-liners, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander, Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar announced yesterday.
Rapid Pass System is an online identification system using QR Codes to speed up the movement of health workers and other front-liners amid the strict implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the official said.
Eleazar said the opening of more QCPs for the implementation of the Rapid Pass System is expected to address the long queues of private and non-cargo vehicles at the QCPs as policemen and soldiers manning the control points would no longer individually check the identification cards and other home quarantine exemption documents of the occupants.
Instead, policemen manning the QCPs would just scan the QR Codes through the scanning machines that are connected to the Rapid Pass System database. The process also lessens the physical contact between the law enforcers manning the checkpoints and the frontliners—which is essential in preventing the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).
Eleazar said the Rapid Pass System has been implemented in five QCPs early this month. With the distribution of more scanners, a total of 48 QCPs in Metro Manila are now implementing the Rapid Pass System.
He said those QCPs are located in Muntinlupa City, Paranaque, Las Piñas, Taguig and Makati in the southern part of Metro Manila; Caloocan, Valenzuela and Malabon which are in the northern part of Metro Manila; Pasig and Marikina in the eastern part of the metropolis; and in Quezon City.
Eleazar clarified however that the implementation of the Rapid Pass System is not mandatory at this moment since identification cards and other documents that could be presented by an Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR) will still be honored at the QCPs.
PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has instructed the supervisors of the PNP-manned QCPs to maintain communication line with Department of Information and Communication Technology and Department of Science and Technology experts in the event of glitches and for data updating purposes.
Gen. Gamboa also had expressed confidence that the Rapid Pass System will reduce the workload of the police personnel at the QCPs as a result of the modern way of inspection.
Under the Rapid Pass System, each individual included in the list of the Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR) would be given a QR Code that would reflect the basic information of the bearer once scanned at the QCPs.