Give Me 10 Minutes and You’ll Find an Open Store During ECQ Period

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Store Finder PH launches Facebook chatbot for free mobile internet users

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Last March 19, 2020 Store Finder PH’s map website went live to help locate nearby establishments that are open during the COVID-19 community quarantine.

With the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, the volunteer-initiated website is able to make its key content available on Facebook Messenger through a chatbot. A chatbot is a computer robot that replies to messages like a human being. 

Even without a mobile data plan as part of the basic service of Smart, Globe, and affiliate providers, Facebook Messenger can be used. The store finding-chatbot is accessible to more than 44 million phone internet users in the Philippines at no extra cost. 

Store Finder PH named its chatbot “Crowdy” to signify the project’s crowd-sourcing nature of collecting information. To use the chatbot, the user should open the project’s Facebook messenger.


After tapping “Get Started”, the user may pick the establishment category and type a location that the chatbot will scan through. A list of search results including grocery shops, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, ATM centers, remittance centers, logistic hubs, and other essential stores is then displayed within seconds.


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Although the map feature is disabled when on free mobile data, crucial information including business hours are still delivered in text format.

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“Our main contribution as millenials to the Enhanced Community Quarantine measure of the government is making tech solutions and life-saving information reach the doorsteps of every Filipino,” said Trinmar Boado, an award-winning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) advocate and leader of the volunteer project. 

He added the chatbot is getting a high volume of query for remittance centers, explaining this must be from parents of stranded students and other individuals sending out financial help. 

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On Store Finder PH’s website version at www.storefinder.ph, users can see the map of their neighborhood and the exact location of open establishments. They can also chat with other active users within the vicinity to seek any assistance during emergencies.

On Store Finder PH’s  website version at www.storefinder.ph, users can see the map of their neighborhood and the exact location of open establishments. They can also chat with other active users within the vicinity to seek any assistance during emergencies.

To start using the Store Finder PH chatbot, open m.me/StoreFinder.PH or https://www.facebook.com/storefinder.ph now. 


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ABOUT STORE FINDER PH

Store Finder PH is a volunteer-initiated project by Good Vibes Digital Philippines,  a group organized by Clash of Codes 2019 winner,

Trinmar Boado, to help families locate nearby essential establishments that are open during the Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ)

period. To support this community initiative,  email us at chrisaligo@gmail.com or call 0977-340-5736 (Globe) now.




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