App launched to boost Duterte’s presidential bid

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — A mobile application was launched on Saturday to allow supporters of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte to take part in his nationwide campaign.

Davao City-based Rolly Rulete, mobile app developer of Mynd Consulting, told MindaNews on Saturday that the mobile app called “Duterte” seeks to further the clamor for change on different social media sites and strengthen support for the lone presidential candidate from Mindanao.

The mobile app is available for free download on Android platform.

He said the app “represents the real people power in the age of mobile,” allows users to receive notifications on the day-to-day activities of the mayor and his campaign team, and seeks to get these messages on social media sites out to the real world.

“This app is notification-driven and users will receive daily contents and campaign statements as well from the Duterte headquarters,” he said.

Rulete said all information in the application is fresh off the Duterte headquarters.

He explained that they developed the application to help counter the “black propaganda” hurled against the presidential candidate.

“After we win the election, the fight for the FIlipino people will continue. This app and the network it creates will be used to mobilize the support for his campaign platform – Tapang at Malasakit,” he said.

Rulete won in the 1st Hackathon of Smart Developer Network in 2012 at the University of Southeastern Philippines for his Android version of Project Noah (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) of the Department of Science in Technology.

“The Project Noah mobile is totally based from the Project Noah website. All of the data sources and images are from the DOST and its participating agencies,” he said.

This app earned Rulete other awards such as Award of Excellence to Smart-Project Noah mobile (Anvil Awards); Best Mobile App to DOST-NOAH (FutureGov Asia Awards); Best Community Telecom Project to Smart-Project Noah mobile (16th Telecom Asia Awards. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)