RapidPass for COVID-19 frontliners to cover entire Metro Manila: PLDT

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2020 11:39 AM

Police officers in protective gear check the identification and temperature of motorists crossing from Cainta to Pasig City on April 15, 2020. PLDT Inc will supply devices to facilitate RapidPass for frontliners. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The country's coronavirus task force and its partners will expand the contactless and QR code-based rapid pass system for checkpoints to cover the entire Metro Manila, PLDT Inc said Monday.

PLDT will supply 540 cell phones for officers manning 180 checkpoints, the telco said in a statement. The smartphones are loaded with voice, SMS and data packages, it said. 

Each checkpoint will be given 3 devices, it said.

Frontliners can request for a QR code from RapidPass.ph which can be downloaded to mobile devices or printed for faster checkpoint processing.

Checkpoints were placed in key locations to ensure the implementation the Luzon lockdown until April 30, to beat COVID-19. Only frontliners for essential services are allowed to travel during the period.

The country's coronavirus task force is also studying the possibility of using the same system nationwide to monitor movements even after restrictions are lifted to prevent the spread of the disease, PLDT said.