Building a #WeatherWiser RAFI

On June 1st, 2018, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) tapped WeatherPhilippines to provide a training session for its employees on the basic concepts and effects of different weather disturbances and rain producing systems in the country. This weather knowledge is helpful in creating RAFI’s disaster communications protocol as well as transforming team members into #WeatherWiser individuals.

We interviewed RAFI’s Humanitarian Disaster Preparedness Program Head Christopher Estallo to get his perspective about the partnership.

RAFI Team Members with the WeatherPhilippines during the Weather 101 and Tropical Cyclone 101 trainings.

RAFI Team Members with the WeatherPhilippines during the Weather 101 and Tropical Cyclone 101 trainings.

 

The participants learned a lot about typhoons during the typhoon tracking exercise executed by the WeatherPhilippines typhoon specialist.

The participants learned a lot about typhoons during the typhoon tracking exercise executed by the WeatherPhilippines typhoon specialist.

Why did you get involved with WeatherPhilippines?

From my side as the Program Head of RAFI’s Humanitarian Disaster Preparedness and Response, RAFI’s engagement with WeatherPhilippines started from seeking technical guidance and/or meteorological advice from WeatherPhilippines resident meteorologists in order for us to improve our preparedness and response actions. We have requested a number of specialized weather forecasts for RAFI’s big events, especially involving partners and stakeholders. 

Following this, when WPF Sustainability Manager Kaye Rosario-Sangalan visited Cebu City, I took the opportunity to meet her and discuss possible partnership pathways. 

What are some of the innovative or surprising ways that the information from WeatherPhilippines was applies in your internal practices and business operations? 

RAFI has emergency preparedness plans, internally and externally. The Weather and Tropical Cyclone 101 training provided us with a good venue to enhance our emergency plans, particularly our hydrometeorological communications protocol , which is cascaded internally and externally. Aside from this, other programmatic areas also needed additional weather knowledge for informed decision-making. 

What are the on-going or day-to-day activities (if any) that have changed due to your involvement with WeatherPhilippines?

Our involvement with WeatherPhilippines fundamentally changed our decision-making approach. Our preparedness, protection, risks, and safety discourse in RAFI will no longer be business as usual, as we strive to include smart climate and weather decisions in our approaches. As #WeatherWiserRAFI, we are now keen to embed, integrate, and consider all weather-related risks and mitigation measures in our planning and post-event discussions.

How do you plan to utilize weather knowledge for sustainable development among your internal and external stakeholders?
Weather knowledge, I would say, is a significant element in the course work of RAFI. Specifically, the success of our community development and disaster resilience programs relies on weather information.

According to one of our training participants, they use WeatherPhilippines data for disaster preparedness, as it is crucial to the overall efficiency and wellness of the organization. This is especially true during typhoon season. According to one of our field-based engineers, they will use the localized weather data to monitor the impact of weather on their ongoing projects.


Interested about being #WeatherWiser? Contact us at weatherwiser@weatherph.org. 

 

 

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