Everything You Need to Know About SafePass

It's widely used in Quezon City.

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(SPOT.ph) Contact tracing has become the norm as the pandemic rages on in the Philippines. Effective contact tracing systems log who’ve been going in and out of an establishment, take note of who were in contact with a customer that may turn out to be infected, and make sure that everyone is accounted for. And when it comes to QR-powered contact tracing apps, the Philippines has a lot—that this raises a question of quantity over quality is a different story. Aside from StaySafe and Traze, we also have the locally developed digital contact tracing app called SafePass

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SafePass was initially launched by the Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry in June 2020. It was developed by Philippine-based digital transformation company Amihan Global Strategies and U.S.-registered venture studio Talino Venture Labs

"Our battle cry is 'SafePass Para Sa Lahat,' so we made sure that SafePass can be used by as many individuals and organizations as possible, anywhere in the Philippines,” Winston Damarillo, executive chair of Amihan Global Strategies and CEO of Talino Venture Labs, said during the launch in 2020. Unlike other contact-tracing apps, you can secure a QR code or a pin through free Facebook Messenger (yup, no need for data!), SMS, or online.

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SafePass is available in two types: SafePass Base, which features basic contact-tracing and digital health questionnaires; and SafePass Express, which comes with employee management features. The latter was rolled out to government agencies and accredited businesses on August 14, 2020. Companies can also avail the paid plans: SafePass Business, which lets establishments to digitally notify potentially exposed individuals; and SafePass Enterprise, which allows large companies to implement the contact tracing tool across all their branches and offices. 

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Where to Use SafePass

The use of SafePass, however, is implemented only in Quezon City as other local government units in Metro Manila use their own contact tracing tools. On August 15, 2021, the city mandated the use of KyusiPass, which uses SafePass' system, in all businesses and organizations. Under City Ordinance No. PO21CC-456, establishments in Quezon City must have their own KyusiPass QR codes. Likewise, residents and workers are encouraged to create a SafePass account for ease of contact tracing. 

Also read: Quezon City Is Finally Sticking to One Contact Tracing App

Ilocos Norte also adopted the use of SafePass following an executive order issued by Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc on October 21, 2020. All provincial government offices, including the city and municipal halls; national government agencies, Department of Tourism-accredited establishments, and other businesses within the province are required to have a SafePass QR code displayed at the entrances for scanning.  

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How to Register Using the SafePass App

  1. Choose one of the three ways to register:
    • Web: Log on to get.safepass.ph and create an account.
    • Chat: Visit Safepass Portal on Facebook Messenger, select Get SafePass, and follow the prompt.
    • SMS: Text GETQR four-digit pin of your choice your name, and send to 2256722.
  2. All three registration methods will generate a one-time PIN or OTP, which you need to input within five minutes.
  3. You will then get your SafePass ID and four-digit MPIN. This can be saved on your phone or printed out for when you need to enter an establishment using SafePass. 
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How to Use SafePass

  1. If an establishment is using SafePass, all you have to do is scan their QR code with your phone’s camera or a generic QR scanner app.
  2. Open the prompted website and log in with your mobile number and four-digit MPIN. If you don’t have a SafePass account, you will need to create one.
  3. Indicate whether you’re entering with a companion and click “Request.”
  4. The next window indicates your unique SafePass ID, which you need to show to the guard upon entry. It includes the words “You can now visit [name of establishment],” a Control Code and Location Code, and Date. Since the generated SafePass ID is unique, you need to scan the QR all over again the next time you visit the same place.

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