Inclusive Collaboration
For A #WeatherWiser Nation

Three years since it was established in
2012, the WeatherPhilippines Foundation
(WeatherPhilippines) has contributed to increasing
the Filipino public’s awareness of disaster

From a purely disaster preparedness perspective,
WeatherPhilippines’ advocacy is now growing into
weather knowledge application for sustainable
development. This shift in thinking is driven by
the need to create a #WeatherWiser Nation, a
nation that will optimize weather information and
knowledge for socio-economic growth and progress.
WeatherPhilippines has aligned its three strategic
pillars of technology, partnerships and engagements
through which the foundation builds stakeholders’
capacity and empower communities.


Technology: Expanding the AWS Network

In 2015, WeatherPhilippines deployed an additional 27
Automated Weather Stations (AWS), mostly in Palawan
and Ifugao Provinces, bringing the total number of AWS
deployed nationwide to 777. These AWS gather a specific
location’s rainfall, temperature, pressure, humidity, wind
speed, and wind direction, and global solar radiation.
MeteoGroup’s systems then process the collected data
into accurate and localized 5-day weather forecasts.

Previously, these forecasts were only available through
the website weather.com.ph. In 2015, the foundation
launched a mobile application to complement its other
online channels and reach out to more stakeholders. The
app, which is downloadable for free from both the
Apple Store and Google Play Store, brings the power of
WeatherPhilippines’ localized weather forecast right at
the user’s fingertips.                                                 

The website will continue to provide accurate and
relevant weather news, and timely educational
materials to sustain knowledge-sharing initiatives
with stakeholders.

Partnerships: Building Resilience Together
Through inclusive public-private sector partnerships,
WeatherPhilippines is able to sustain its operations,
expand its AWS network, and widen the scope of its
educational initiatives.

The private sector partnerships focus on utilizing weather
knowledge for business continuity plans, while the public
sector collaborations seek to empower the grassroots in
optimizing weather for disaster preparedness.

In 2015, two companies pledged its support to build a
#WeatherWiser Nation, namely the Ayala Corporation as
the newest platinum donor, and Pilipinas Shell Foundation
as a gold donor. SN AboitizPower expanded its existing
partnership with WeatherPhilippines with the additional
hosting of 25 new sites for the foundation’s AWS network.

In July 2015, WeatherPhilippines signed a partnership
with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
(PDRF) to institutionalize its weather training program
for the private sector.
During the year, it also operationalized its
partnership with the Department of Education
(DepEd) with the rollout of its Weather 101
seminars to members of the department’s disaster
risk reduction and management council.

Engagement: Strengthening Capacity of Partners
Aside from AWS installation trainings that enable
businesses and local governments to strengthen
their disaster preparedness, WeatherPhilippines
enhances its capacity building program through
engagements that foster meaningful relationships
with its stakeholders.

On top of its Weather 101 seminars and existing
information-education materials, the foundation
launched its #WeatherWiser Ka Na Ba? video
series in 2015. Composed of 12 three-minute
clips that help illustrate weather in simple terms,
the series can be viewed at weather.com.ph and
the foundation’s social media channels. It further
enhances WeatherPhilippines’ thrust to empower
communities by optimizing weather knowledge not
just for disaster risk reduction, but also for business
development, operations management, and socio-
economic growth.