Jam Salazar | Nov. 16, 2017
The Philippines, despite the increase its rapid urbanization, is still primarily an agricultural country. Our agriculture sector employs almost 40 percent of the labor force and contributes about 20 percent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Since farming practices are location-specific, especially in an archipelagic region, there is a need for highly localized data to help farmers mitigate crop losses during extreme weather conditions and increase their agricultural productivity through technical capabilities.
WeatherPhilippines seeks to be a catalyst that will link the farmers and agricultural SMEs to weather technology and experts who understand weather conditions. These experts can help them interpret complex weather and climate information.
To realize this vision, WeatherPhilippines has partnered with one of its Gold Sponsors, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) early in November. The two organizations will go hand in hand, working towards the development of sustainable farming techniques through weather information or agrometeorological data.
“We have been looking forward to this expansion of our existing partnership with PSFI. Now, we are taking it up a notch by making it an inclusive collaboration, empowering the agricultural communities to have #WeatherWiser Filipino farmers,” said WeatherPhilippines General Manager Dave Valeriano.
The project, which is targeted to be up and running in 2018, will initially benefit PSFI’s organic training farm in Bombon, Camarines Sur. It is a vast farm established by PSFI to serve as modern farming training facility for Bicolano farmers. The wide range of weather information available from WeatherPhilippines, studies, and practices would be conducted, aiming to expand and enhance agricultural gains from the farming community.