The rainy season has begun, and the western sections of the country are standing against the fury of the Southwest Monsoon- a weather system which we call “Habagat” in Filipino.
Aside from the southwest monsoon that’s responsible for the moderate to heavy rains we’re experiencing lately, there’s also a 60% chance that a weak La Niña will develop during the 4th quarter of 2016.
After conducting eleven trainings with the Department of Education -in partnership with CitySavings- we wanted to know how the weather sessions helped them become #WeatherWiser.
We interviewed two training participants from DepEd Calapan Division, namely Noida Castro and. Leonard Dipasupil.
Noida is the Education Program Supervisor in Science of DepEd Calapan, while Leonard is DepEd Calapan’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Coordinator.
How is your division optimizing your newly-sharpened weather knowledge?
The Weather 101 training empowers us to use our weather knowledge for weekly planning, field monitoring, and the issuance of advisories- especially this habagat season.
We also gained a better understanding of the forecasts from WeatherPhilippines and PAGASA. This helps us ensure the safety of our learners, ICT equipment, learning materials, and the other vital documents of our schools.
We also constantly monitor the conditions in our flood-prone schools, and compare our observations with the areas’ actual weather information via weather.com.ph.
What are your division’s future plans on disaster risk reduction?
The Curriculum Division monitors the integration of the all concepts we learned from the Weather 101 training.
In cooperation with the DRRM coordinator, we will oversee the application of weather theories into our disaster risk mitigation plans.