The Joint Task Force (JTF) Covid Shield on Tuesday said an online platform for all documents needed for local travel of non-authorized persons outside residence (APORs) is now being developed in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
In a press statement, task force chief, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, said aside from non-APORs, the planned online platform, dubbed as “Safe, Swift and Smart Passage” or (S-PaSS), will also aid locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
Eleazar said the S-PaSS will guide and inform the public of the travel protocols of local government units (LGUs) and how to secure a copy of a travel authority (TA) and a travel pass-through permit (TPP).
He added that this planned online platform will make it easier for the public to comply with the travel requirements as some LGUs continue to implement travel restrictions amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The S-PaSS was developed by Director Rowen Gelonga, of the DOST Western Visayas. It is a travel management system primarily intended to make a hassle-free journey for LSIs, returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs), emergency travelers (ETs), and other passengers during this pandemic.
Eleazar said the DOST and JTF Covid Shield are constantly coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) for the development of the online platform and for its future implementation.
Once ironed out, the TA and the TPP could be secured through an online platform, which means applicants will no longer go to the police stations to apply and get the travel documents.
“Health experts said that we will have to live with the Covid-19 for a long time, which means that the requirement for TA or a TPP would be inevitable depending on the situations in the LGU-destinations,” Eleazar said.
He added that securing these travel documents through an online platform would be fast and comfortable for the traveling public and would greatly aid the government in its efforts to revive the economy.
Source: Philippines News Agency