The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is requiring operators and passengers of public utility vehicles (PUV) to use the StaySafe app.
Details of the policy has been laid out on the Memorandum Circular No. 2021-041, which became effective last June 21, 2021. PUV operators are required to use the StaySafe app for contact tracing. Meanwhile, commuters are required to have app installed which will used to scan the StaySafe QR codes before boarding the PUVs.
PUV operators are given 30 days to comply with the following:
- Register themselves to the StaySafe app and generate a QR code of their own.
- Display the QR code at the passenger entrance and inside the PUV.
- Require all passengers to scan the QR codes.
- Make data collected available to the LTFRB, whenever necessary.
- Coordinate with StaySafe.PH for assistance in collecting and using the data obtained in contact tracing.
Failure to comply is considered a violation of the IATF Health Protocols with corresponding penalties.
StaySafe is the Philippines’ official contact tracing system. It recently got a big boost in its ability to contact trace thanks to the addition of the Google Apple Exposure Notifications (GAEN). The app is available for iOS and Android devices.