In 2016, WeatherPhilippines partnered with WxBunka Foundation of Japan to create a weather-preparedness culture that is deeply embedded in the Filipino consciousness. To help WeatherPhilippines improve its services, WxBunka Foundation donated JPY2.5M (PhP1.7M).
This donation facilitated the conversion of 50 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) into solar-powered units that are installed in priority meteorological sites where power outages are frequent.
With the conversion completed in 2017, the solar-powered AWS units’ reliability improved, and helped ensure the accuracy and reliability of localized weather information delivered to the public.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our services to the Filipino community because we believe that we can help in the creation of safer and more productive communities through the provision of relevant and up-to-date weather information,” said WeatherPhilippines General Manager, Dave Valeriano. He added that through these efforts, the Foundation is highly committed to advancing business and communities through the nationwide #WeatherWiser campaign.
The engagement established between WeatherPhilippines and WNI-affiliated WxBunka Foundation also paved the way for the involvement of Weathernews Inc. (WNI) in the #WeatherWiser campaign. Recently, WNI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Aboitiz-led social enterprise Weather Solutions, Inc. (Weather Solutions). Under the MOU, potential areas of collaboration include education through meteorologists’ training, new tools such as real-time camera feed for installed AWS, and consumer services. As the first weather-centric social enterprise in the country, Weather Solutions offers available historical and real-time weather data, forecasting, and consultancy to organizations across various industries.
About WxBunka Foundation
WxBunka Foundation is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of Weathernews Inc., which considers the importance of unconventional wisdom and out-of-the-box thinking for the development of practical weather-based applications. The Foundation grants awards and financial assistance to innovators whose contributions are aligned to the creation of a “weather culture.”