Last July 22, City Savings Bank (CitySavings) partnered with Weather Philippines Foundation (WeatherPhilippines) in a #WeatherWiser Influencers training which benefited 18 bloggers and 26 public school teachers from the Division of Cebu City at Summit Circle Hotel, Cebu City.
The said training focused primarily on the use of social media for knowledge mobilization and disaster preparedness conducted by Rappler's Raisa Serafica, who also gave a quick demo on Project Agos. Through WeatherPhilippines' localized weather data, participants were later on asked to come up with a communication plan for schools to adopt before, during and after times of disaster.
"As teachers, a big chunk of our time is dedicated to our students and we are also not that familiar on how to maximize the use of social media to disseminate weather information. After undergoing this training I can say that I'm very thankful for CitySavings and WeatherPhilippines for being our partners and giving us a chance to learn not only for the benefit of our students but for the community as well" shared Samuel Baritua of Mabolo Elementary School.
With an average of 10-20 typhoons that enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) annually, it is a must for every Filipino to change our mindset on disaster preparedness and know the actual impact of weather in our lives to help us make better decisions.
Founded in 2012 by the Aboitiz Foundation, UnionBank and Meteogroup, WeatherPhilippines delivers free, more localized, and accurate weather information accessed through weather.com.ph or their free smart phone app available both for IOS and Android. As of 2016, the foundation has deployed 780 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) nationwide, partnered with more than 568 LGUs and private sector companies, and has trained more than a thousand public and private sector partners on weather.