This website tells you where open stores, pharmacies are

If the Enhanced Community Quarantine gets written in history books, it would not be all about the COVID-19 but also the hardship of every affected family in buying food, medicines, and other day-to-day essentials. 

The government made a mandate that only grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, water refilling stations, etc. are allowed to open, but some still preferred not to take the risk of their employees' health and lives.

Thus, people are left with no choice but to stay long hours outdoors hunting for open establishments. This is a big, big risk.

However, this newly-launched website makes things better. Called ‘Crowd Store Finder’, the website works like Waze or Google Maps that scans through the user’s neighborhood to find stores, banks, pharmacies, and remittance centers that remain operational.

Aside from knowing the open establishments, users can also chat with their 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.

To use the website, visit HERE on any mobile, tablet or computer devices. Follow Crowd Store Finder on Facebook HERE.

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