THE Province of Cebu and the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu are among the 86 provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities in the country using S-PaSS, a travel management system developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
This is according to the S-PaSS usage report as of May 7, 2021. The report shows 86 local government units (LGUs) using the system and 35 that are not.
S-PaSS stands for “safe, swift, and smart passage.” Institutionalized by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, it is intended as one-stop communication and coordination platform for travelers and LGUs.
According to DOST, only those who intend to travel need to use an S-PaSS. The platform was designed to assist locally stranded individuals, returning overseas Filipinos, emergency travelers, and other travelers.
“Travelers can check the travel policy and requirements of the LGU of their destination. They can also use S-PaSS in applying online for travel documents depending on the travel policy of the LGU,” said DOST.
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In an earlier report, travelers to Cebu City who fail to present an S-PaSS or a negative RT-PCR test result are required to undergo home quarantine while waiting for their test results to come out.
In the S-PaSS usage list, Cebu City falls under the restricted category. This means that travelers need a travel coordination permit. The Province of Cebu and the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu fall under the unrestricted category, which means that no travel coordination permit is needed.
DOST advised travelers going to destinations that are not using S-PaSS to coordinate directly with the LGU.
To have an S-PaSS account, users need to have an internet-capable device and go to s-pass.ph to register. (NRC)