JUST IN: RapidPassPH identifies health workers, frontliners transport as priority vehicles

RapidPassPH COVID-19
RapidPassPH has been approved and tested for use during the Enhanced Community Quarantine areas in the Philippines. Photo from DOST Sec. Fortunato de la Peña.

Health workers and other frontliners in the COVID-19 crisis are being assisted with the RapidPassPH technology that identifies their transportation as priority vehicles that are given quicker processing in checkpoints.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña announced today, March 31, 2020, in a forum conducted online that the new technology developed with a non-profit Filipino software development organization has already been tested and approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for use in the ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine.

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The RapidPassPH is a virtual identification system of the Developers Connect (DevCon Philippines) that utilizes QR-code based technology to provide ease for front-liners and priority vehicles.

Sec. de la Peña shared that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) officially approved the use of the RapidPassPH on March 27, 2020. The system was immediately tested the same day within the Mandaluyong area to facilitate fast and simple travel through quarantine checkpoints.

Through the RapidPassPH system, there will be less contact between users and checkpoint personnel.

The system works this way:

  • users (people under the “Authorized Persons Outside of Residence” category as per IATF-EID’s mandate) must register online
  • a QR code will be sent to them once approved
  • QR code must be printed and placed on the vehicle’s window
  • checkpoint personnel will scan it

The DevCon team is providing training and support to the Checkpoint front-liners and agencies for the implementation of the RapidPassPH.

The developers of the RapidPassPH system are also working with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for field testing and operations deployment.

Developers Connect (DevCon Philippines) formed the DCTX or DevCon Community of Technology Experts, a volunteer-based worldwide community of experts from various fields working in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), to develop digital platforms and solutions to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Developers Connect (DevCon) is a non-profit organization which aims to promote the Filipino IT talent by providing a unique venue for IT students, educators, professionals, and enthusiasts. The organization is currently calling for volunteer developers knowledgeable in Java, Springboot, JPA, Open API, and Postgres to help them in their ongoing efforts.

Filipino innovations have been helping the nation cope with the ongoing public health crisis due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Among these are:

The University of the Philippines-developed COVID-19 Test Kits being readied for manufacturing this week and the 3D-printed vacuum-sealed Face Shields as Personal Protective Equipment for health workers fabricated by FabLabPH COVID-19 Response network that includes the Batangas State University.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the team behind RapidPassPH for easing the burden of health workers and frontliners in the fight against COVID-19

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