From left: WeatherNews, Inc. Operation Leader (Manila) Koro Hirozaku, WeatherPhilippines President Susan Valdez, WxBunka Foundation Head Director Jiro Miyabe, and WeatherPhilippines General Manager Dave Valeriano
From left: WeatherNews, Inc. Operation Leader (Manila) Koro Hirozaku, WeatherPhilippines President Susan Valdez, WxBunka Foundation Head Director Jiro Miyabe, and WeatherPhilippines General Manager Dave Valeriano

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Japan’s WNI supports WeatherPhilippines

The ‘-ber’ months tend to excite Filipinos because of cooler temperatures and “sweater-weather” that come with the Hanging Amihan or the Northeast Monsoon.

But despite the general impression of finer weather, the period from October to December is when strong tropical cyclones like ‘Haiyan’, ‘Hagupit’, and ‘Melor’ hit the country. As such, being vigilant and weather wiser is a necessity.

Last October 6, WxBunka Foundation became the newest partner in WeatherPhilippines’s quest to build a deeply embedded weather-preparedness culture in the Filipino’s consciousness. The Japanese nonprofit will support the latter’s vision through a donation of  JPY2.5 million or PHP1.7 million, which will enable the conversion of 50 automated weather stations (AWS) in priority meteorological sites into solar-powered units.

“Through this partnership, Japan and the Philippines can build a weather culture that sustainably saves lives and enhances livelihoods,” said Jiro Miyabe, Head Director of WxBunka Foundation.

WxBunka Foundation, a corporate social responsibility program of Weather News, Inc., advocates the importance of unconventional wisdom and out-of-the-box thinking for the development of practical weather-based applications that respond to the need for disaster mitigation, economy, and environmental issues across a wide range of businesses, organizations, researchers and individuals. It grants financial assistance to innovators whose contributions are aligned to the creation of a “weather culture”.