FARMHELP: New Mobile Phone App Linking Farmers to DA 24/7

The Department of Agriculture under the leadership of Secretary Manny Piñol announce through his official Facebook Page that a new mobile phone apps dubbed "FARMHELP," which aimed to link farmers to DA round the clock was launched by his department.

According to Sec. Piñol, the new application could be used by farmers, fisher folks and other agricultural stakeholders to forward their concerns and submit complaints to DA 34 hours a day every day and seven days a week.

Once you successfully dowloaded the app, just follow the instructions which includes giving your personal phone number and you're in. Although there are few people who learn about the app, as concerned netizens we should try to help the DA by supporting the app. As of posting time there are only 100 downloads so far.

The FARMHELP initiative was made available to the Filipino public in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and PureForce, the same team that designed the popular 911 program of the Duterte administration.

Here's the Full Statement of DA Sec. Manny Pinol with the launching of FARMHELP:

By Manny Piñol

A new mobile phone application, FARMHELP, could now be used by farmers, fisher folks and other agriculture stakeholders to forward their concerns and submit complaints to the Department of Agriculture 24 hours every day and seven days a week.

FARMHELP, designed by the group PureForce which also designed the 911 program of the administration of President Rody Duterte, was launched in simple ceremonies last Tuesday in the Office of the Secretary.

Using a smart phone, the user could just go to the Apps and he would find FARMHELP which he could tap to download the application.

Once downloaded, the user could start following instructions which would be shown in the phone screen.

He could tap the name of an office if his concerns are with a specific bureau, corporation or attached agencies under the Dept. of Agriculture.

For example, a farmer who would like to request for a technical information on a disease affecting his fruit trees, he could simply take a photo of the diseased plant and send it to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).

The information will immediately be forwarded to the BPI by the 24/7 answering desk as soon as the offices open the following morning.

In cases of extreme emergency, the user could use SMS messaging or call a Hotline which would be indicated once the FARMHELP phone application is downloaded.

Damage to crops or vital farm infrastructures like roads or bridges could be easily responded to.
The phone application will also warn farmers and fisher folks of incoming typhoons or weather disturbances and provide information on when rains are expected.

It would also give fisher folks an advisory when it is not safe to go out to sea to fish.
The FARMHELP apps will be able to pinpoint the exact location of the user at the time the message is received, thus providing a faster system to extend help immediately.

The DA Secretary will also be able to monitor the whereabouts of all the Undersecretaries, Bureau Directors and Regional Directors of the DA because each will be given a special phone which could be tracked.

Starting November, DA technical teams will start a nation-wide information campaign to instruct farmer-leaders on how to use the phone application.

Each farmers' association and cooperative will also be provided with a low-cost smart phone which they could use to forward the concerns of their association or cooperative.

FARMHELP is the first smart phone application which the DA will be using to give farmers, fisher folks and agriculture stakeholders greater access to the department.

It is also expected to improve transparency and accountability in the Dept. of Agriculture.
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Source: Sec. Manny Piñol FB Page

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