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.