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DSWD installs online person finder for Typhoon Yolanda

As more families arrived and took refuge in Cebu, relatives and friends desperately look for their loved ones in various evacuation sites, hospitals and even post photos of missing person in the social media.

To facilitate in finding thousands of missing persons, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Field Office VII installed online person finder in its regional web portal.

“Through Google’s person finder app, they can search names for people who are up to now missing after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas region,” said Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat.

The online application has two features; “I’m looking for someone” and “I have information about someone”.

Netizen can type the missing person’s name and match with the existing record. If somebody knows any details they can enter the persons given and family name.

All data entered in the web portal is available to the public and usable by anyone.

One can also search through SMS by texting 2662999 (Globe), 4664999 (SMART), 22020999 (Sun), or +16508003977 with the message Search [name]. For example, to search for Joshua, text Search Joshua and send to the corresponding number.

DSWD also adopted the online crowd mapping to provide the public valuable information regarding the agency’s relief operation.

It shows the assistance provided both in food and non-food items to the affected areas. The site also provides the number of displaced families and individuals.

“This is another technological milestone for DSWD in terms of transparency, accountability and coordination with other humanitarian aids in disaster-response,” said Jabagat.

All features are updated in a daily basis.

Netizen can visit the regional website at https://fo7.dswd.gov.ph/ (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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