WeatherPhilippines Conducts first LGU Weather101 in Tacloban with IOM Philippines

WeatherPhilippines team with IOM CCCM Program Coordinator, Conrad Navidad

 

WeatherPhilippines conducted its first Weather 101 for LGUs last January 24, 2015 in Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration Philippines (IOM Philippines).

According to WeatherPhilippines General Manager, Celso Caballero III, “WeatherPhilippines’ goal of creating a WeatherWiser nation does not stop with providing free, accurate and localized weather information. We want to engage people to use that critical weather knowledge to mobilize their communities, and to improve society.  Our Weather 101’s with the LGUs perfectly sum up this objective.”

Tacloban Disaster-Risk Reduction Management Officers learning how to track a storm

The first LGU Weather and Tropical Cyclone training added a simulation on storm-tracking, where the participants were given map coordinates, and were instructed to plot the typhoon track within 24 hours. The next Weather 101’s with LGUs will incorporate risk-mitigation strategies, and exercises for appropriate preparations before, during, and after a typhoon.

IOM Philippines initiated this milestone with WeatherPhilippines to develop a more systematic decision-making process in disaster-risk reduction, with the use of weather knowledge and information.

“The partnership between IOM Philippines and WeatherPhilippines helps us achieve the organization’s  ultimate goal- to inspire and to empower communities to build a weatherwiser nation” Mr. Caballero said.

WeatherPhilippines is looking forward to conducting more weather trainings in Yolanda-affected areas in Eastern Visayas, in partnership with IOM Philippines and other organizations with the same objective.

 

About WeatherPhilippines Foundation

WeatherPhilippines Foundation is a corporate social responsibility initiative of the Aboitiz Group, in partnership with Union Bank and MeteoGroup- a leading global weather services organization. It is the trusted and reliable private weather information organization that aims to reduce disaster risks in the country by providing free, critical weather forecasts to the Filipino public.

PAGASA reports remain as the official data; WeatherPhilippines only seeks to complement government’s efforts in enhancing the country’s disaster resilience.

 

This CSR initiative of WeatherPhilippines is made possible through the financial resources of the following platinum donors:  SM Supermalls, ICTSI, Vista Land, NickelAsia, and LBC.