In times of crisis, getting accurate and relevant information is just as important as any other measures. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who still become victims of unverified data on the internet.
To help with this issue, the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute introduced a new Facebook bot named Yani the Endcovbot (in short for Bayanihan and in a way to honor our current frontline heroes).
With Yani the Endcovbot, Facebook users may find answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 crisis. Contrary to what many might think, it not only answers questions about health but also other important inquiries in terms of economics, education, and transportation during the COVID-19 crisis.
Aside from those mentioned, it also provides psychological support for those with mental and emotional needs. People may also find details about the nearest hospitals and other medical facilities.
As mentioned, the messenger bot covers a wide range of topics. For instance, if you click the economic policy, you’ll encounter sub-topics such as Business Operations, Work Arrangements, Salaries, Hazard Pay, Economic Assistance, and even Filing of Taxes.
On the other hand, if you clicked Mobility, you’ll have sub-topics about community quarantine, quarantine pass, curfew, public transportation, OFWs, and foreign nations.
Even specific government programs such as the social amelioration programs, DOLE CAMP Program, and interest-free loans (like Pag-IBIG) may be asked with this bot. To know more about this, visit the source link below.