ISDApp empowers fisherfolks with localized weather data
Developed by iNON IT Solutions and powered by Globe, ISDApp collects localized weather data, converts it to simplified weather forecasts, and sends it to the registered mobile numbers of fisherfolks via scheduled daily SMS, especially during the crucial hours before they go out to sea. The app was jointly launched by the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute and Globe, with Dr. Mudjekeewis Santos, Scientist IV of NFRDI, serving as focal person. In partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region IV-A, the local government of Sariaya in Quezon province was selected as the pilot community for the project, which will run in the first quarter of the year. “With the country having more than 20 typhoons and tropical depressions every year, we are hopeful that ISDApp will serve as an added tool to aid our fishermen before they set sail. The technology will inform them of the latest weather data and the timely sending of alerts can help ensure their safety,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications and Chief Sustainability Officer. To use the app, a community leader who will act as the community controller installs ISDApp on his/her smartphone which then generates a unique ISDApp community number.
The pilot community which will use ISDApp covers 300 fisherfolks from seven coastal barangays in Sariaya. “Napakahalagang aplikasyon para sa mga mangingisda dahil kada apat na oras nagpapadala ito ng paalaala kung may parating na masamang panahon. Bago umalis ng bahay para lumaot, makakapaghanda ang mga mangingisda tulad ko kung ano ang dapat gawin,” said Nonilo Rate, a fisherfolk from Barangay Castaَñas.