Validity of RapidPass QR codes for frontliners extended until Dec. 31: DICT

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Posted at Jun 23 2020 05:19 PM | Updated as of Jun 24 2020 12:48 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The validity of RapidPass QR codes issued to frontliners for speedy checkpoint processing during the coronavirus lockdowns will be extended, the country’s IT regulator said Tuesday. 

Codes expiring on June 30 are now valid until December 31, 2020, the Department of Information of Communications Technology (DICT) said in an advisory.

“This shall automatically apply whether or not the user receive SMS or email notification about the extension,” the DICT said.

Military and police officials tasked to man checkpoints were equipped with phones with QR code scanners to process frontliners faster.

The government commissioned a QR code system to hasten frontliner’s processing in checkpoints to and front Metro Manila when the entire Luzon island was placed on lockdown in March. 

Metro Manila is under general community quarantine until June 30, after emerging from an 11-week lockdown. Businesses and public transport are allowed to operate under GCQ with limited capacity.