WeatherPhilippines, through its existing partnership with the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF), was selected as one of the six member-organizations for an institutional visit during the 3rd ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting (3rd AFMAM 2017). During this endeavor, WeatherPhilippines linked LCF and the ASEAN party to one of its model communities for weather and disaster preparedness – the Biñan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).
Last September, 100 university-level students from ASEAN countries participated the institutional visit. The program in Biñan CDRRMO was attended by students and representatives from University Teknologi Brunei, De La Salle University Manila, Assumption University – Thailand, Chulalongkorn University- Thailand, Thammasat University – Thailand, Dagon University – Myanmar, the ASEAN Foundation, and USAID. It was also graced by the presence of Atty. Walfredo Dimaguila, Jr., City Mayor of Biñan, Laguna, Marina R. Bonacua, Office of the City Population Officer and CDRRMO Head, and Liza Agullo, representative from LCF and coordinator of the engagement initiative between WeatherPhilippines and the ASEAN Foundation.
The theme of the meeting was “Anticipating Environmental Displacement of People in ASEAN due to Global Climate Change.” The participants were initially given an orientation of the efforts conducted by WeatherPhilippines towards building communities that are weather disaster-resilient. Afterwards, the local government unit (LGU) of Biñan City presented the initiatives of their CDRRMO, which are focused on weather-related risk mitigation and climate change adaptation. Before the visit ended, the participants were given a tour around the facility, including Biñan’s command center and their Automated Weather Station provided by WeatherPhilippines.
“The visit was very interesting for us, especially for me. USAID is actively pursuing partnership with the Private Sector to solve development challenges. It was really great to see firsthand a successful example of private sector, NGOs, and local government partnerships in this regards,” said Swiny Andina, Development Outreach and Communications Specialist of USAID Indonesia and ASEAN. “I was really impressed with the fact that you have managed to deploy over 800 weather stations through your partnership. I honestly think that your approach can be implemented region-wide, and other ASEAN countries would benefit from it,” Andina further stated.