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'S-PaSS' launched by DOST to help Filipinos navigate through differing LGU travel requirements

By Bim Santos Published Mar 05, 2021 6:21 am

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has launched an online portal that domestic travelers may use to check if the local government unit of their destination has travel restrictions.

The DOST said travelers can register through their mobile numbers at the portal dubbed S-PaSS (Safe, Swift and Smart Passage), where they will then be given a QR code. After registration, they can check if an area they are going to has specific travel requirements, and if there are, to directly apply for it through the platform. 

DOST Sec. Fortunato dela Pena said they are now coordinating with the different local government units for the activation of their accounts. 

Rowen Gelonga, DOST-VI Regional Director, said they are also currently training different LGUs on how to use the system, as they target a full roll-out by March 10.

Once S-PaSS is completely operational, an LGU may have the option to declare their area as “restricted” or “unrestricted.” 

For restricted areas, travelers will need to apply through S-PaSS for a travel coordination permit (TCP), where certain requirements such as an RT-PCR test may be listed. For unrestricted areas, no TCP will be needed but travelers may generate a pass-through permit if they will pass through areas with stringent travel policies.

Samples of a travel coordination permit and pass-through permit to be generated by S-PaSS

The portal is also designed for LGUs to monitor and facilitate incoming visitors and pass-through travelers.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has adopted S-PaSS as the official portal for travelers in light of a Feb. 26 resolution