With the restricted movement of people due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ, it is hard and risky to go out to buy goods because most of the stores are closed or may have shortened business operating hours. To make it easy for us to buy our needs, a website is launched to help us locate stores that are still open during this time.
“Crowd Store Finder’, is a website that works like Waze or Google Maps. It scans through the user’s neighborhood to find stores, banks, pharmacies, and remittance centers that remain operational.
Under government guidelines, only establishments selling basic commodities are allowed to open during the quarantine period. This is to prevent people from staying outdoors that increases their risk of catching COVID-19.
Features of Crowd Store Finder
Aside from knowing the open establishments, we can also chat with our neighbors who are currently using the website to ask questions and seek further assistance.
‘Crowd Store Finder’ relies on information shared by volunteers from Good Vibes Digital PH, a group organized by Trinmar Boado, winner of the Clash of Codes competition at Multisys Technologies in 2019.
Boado, who works at the Department of Science and Technology’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC), said more than 100 volunteers are coordinating safely from their own homes.
“This technology reminds us that sharing of info does not just save the time of other people but also their lives,” shared the IT expert.