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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

ECQ? No Problem, There's Store Finder PH FB Chatbot

Store Finder PH is an online site that was recently launched as an answer to locate nearby stores and other establishments which are operational during the community quarantine brought about by Covid-19. This is specifically aimed at families or individuals with no internet connection. Store Finder PH launches the Facebook chatbot for free mobile internet users.


Even without a load (or mobile data plan), Facebook Messenger can be used for FREE by Globe, Smart, Sun, etc., thus making the Store Finder PH Chatbot accessible to more than 40 million phone internet users in the country.

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.

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

“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. 

Visit www.storefinder.ph to check which stores are open in your neighborhood. There's also a chat box for users who wants to "socialize" with other active users to seek assistance on other concerns and emergencies.

How to use:

Open m.me/StoreFinder.PH or fb.com/StoreFinder.PH

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