LTFRB now requires passengers and anyone on a PUV (Public Utility Vehicle) to use the StaySafe.ph contact tracing app. The app is currently available for Android as well as iOS.
The app was created to boost contact tracing efforts amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases. The app has been ready for implementation since March of this year.
According to the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), all PUV operators must immediately shift from the previous manual filling-up of contact tracing forms to the use of StaySafe.ph app”. This memorandum is reportedly in-line with the IATF’s mandate released last December for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease.
The app is similar to other contact tracing apps, wherein a user has to register their account, and once fully confirmed, they will be given a QR Code for them to scan inside public transport, which includes but not limited to: jeepneys, buses, taxicabs, MRT/LRT, etc. The LTFRB also required passengers to scan the QR code once they enter and exit the vehicle.
You can register through the app, or through its website. Once you click the big green button, you will be asked for different information such as cellphone number, email, name and address, etc. However, the email address and company name are optional, along with your middle name
Once you have completed your info, you will be given a choice to download the QR code and save it as PNG. If you want though, you can use a third party converter to convert these images to PDF for convenience.
If you use the app, you will be notified through Google and Apple’s COVID-19 exposure notification whether you are close to a probable, suspected and confirmed COVID-19 case. After registration, you will be asked about your current condition, along with your family members.
According to the memo released by LTFRB, PUV operators must comply to the regulation within 30 days and that all operators should register through StaySafe immediately. PUV operators are also required to post a StaySafe QR code near the entrance so that passengers can easily scan it. Failure to comply leads to appropriate consequences.