Last March 3, 2016, AboitizPower Renewables, Inc. (APRI) invited WeatherPhilippines to its first 2016 quarterly stakeholders’ meeting, with the goal of helping its El Niño-affected communities utilize localized weather knowledge for long-term planning and informed decision-making.
Aside from discussing APRI’s programs and plans with its host communities and key stakeholders, WeatherPhilippines also shared its El Niño Report to aid local governments in assessing the economic impact of this year’s strong El Niño.
With localized weather data coming from more than 700 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) nationwide, the WeatherPhilippines El Niño report can help local governments validate El Niño’s observed local impact on agriculture, business and disasters.
This year, the Philippines is reeling from estimated agricultural losses amounting to P4 billion, and Mindanao, which sources a big portion of its energy requirements from hydro sources, is suffering from insufficient power supply. Aside from other factors that enabled these problems, El Niño has been a major contributor to these situations.
Although this year’s El Niño will gradually weaken over the next few months and is forecast to end by middle of 2016, it is important for local governments and businesses to understand the scientific causes behind El Niño, and how this could impact them from both a social and an economic perspective, to come up with better sustainable community solutions.