The Anti-Red Tape Authority has partnered with several agencies to streamline the process for local travel amid a coronavirus pandemic. 

It signed a joint memorandum circular with the Interior and Local Government, Transportation, Science and Technology, Tourism, Health and Information and Communications Technology departments seeking to simplify domestic travel requirements. 

Under the circular, local governments must use a so-called S-Pass (Safe, Swift and Smart Passage) to facilitate travel to areas within their jurisdiction, ARTA Deputy Director-General Ernesto V. Perez told an online briefing on Wednesday. 

The pass would become a one-stop-shop for travel applications, he added. 

Local governments must process applications through the S-Pass in 24 hours, otherwise they would be deemed approved, Mr. Perez said.  

“All terminals, ports and airports are mandated to check or approve S-Pass travel permits from passengers going through other places, using the S-Pass QR scanners for authorities,” he added. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave