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The Department of Science and Technology Region XI (DOST XI) conducted a virtual Orientation and Training on April 14, 2021 for the deployment of DOST’s online system intended to manage local travels.

The Safe, Swift and Smart Passage or S-PaSS is an innovative travel management system for local travelers who are returning to or visiting different localities. The system can facilitate local travel where the public can access information on travel restrictions implemented by different Local Government Units (LGU) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOST Region VI's Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Unit Head, Mr. Ryan Vilmore Dumpit explained the features of S-Pass and how it could assist the travelers, Local Government Units (LGUs), Philippine National Police (PNP), and other Monitoring Agencies. He said the government agencies can do real-time monitoring of all incoming travelers to their localities while travelers can also monitor the travel restrictions and requirements of their destination through the system.

Mr. Vince Carreon of DOST VI also presented and explained the demonstration videos on how to create an account and how to use the different features of the system to guide the participants.

The activity was participated by representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government XI (DILG XI), Office of Civil Defense (OCD XI), Police Regional Office XI (PRO XI), Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs) and Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) units from the region.

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Ms. Mirasol G. Domingo, DOST XI Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Support Services Division (TSSD), said the innovation is one of the opportunities at the back of the pandemic. She added that the orientation and training aim to raise awareness and strengthen the implementation of S-Pass in Davao Region. DOST XI S&T Promotion

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