Times are changing, and so is the weather. Typhoons are coming in and out of our country, and we’re hearing new terms whenever they are being reported in the news. Several calamities have beset us but despite this, the majority of Filipinos still do not fully understand the basics of weather and how we can, as a community, better prepare and manage their impact.
Recognizing the big role the media is playing on disseminating information and educating the public on several environmental issues that we face, AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI) and WeatherPhilippines Foundation (WPF) partnered in training them to help them become #WeatherWiser.
Held last April 30 at the Admin Compound of APRI MakBan in Brgy. Bitin, Laguna, the training was attended by some 40 Laguna and Batangas print and broadcast media practitioners. The half-day session, called Weather 101 and Tropical 101, covered the basic concepts, processes, and effects of different weather disturbances and rain-producing weather systems in the country.
WeatherPhilippines Senior Typhoon Specialist Michael Padua urged the media to use this weather knowledge in encouraging the public to create appropriate preparedness action plans and make practical decisions to reduce the impacts of weather-related disasters.
“We need to work together to empower our people and help them become weather wiser, too,” APRI’s Reputation Manager Apa Alviar said.
To better understand AboitizPower, the participants were also toured in the Cleanergy Center, the educational facility inside the compound.
“We learned a lot from the training which will greatly help us in writing stories related to climate change,” said Catherine Bucu-Flores of The LB Times.
WeatherPhilippines is a multi-sectoral initiative that aims to provide Filipinos with a premier weather sensing and forecasting system. Founded in 2012 by the Aboitiz Foundation and UnionBank, they seek to aid local governments and communities by making free, accurate, and localized weather information available for timely response to severe weather conditions through our website weatherph.org and mobile application.
On the other hand, APRI will continue to partner with organizations like WPF to continue advance business and communities by helping co-create communities that are safe, empowered and sustainable. It plans to conduct more capability training to all its stakeholders in the coming months and years.
Report by: Ronalyn Briones