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On the road to a #WeatherWiser nation

The WeatherPhilippines team has been going around the Philippines to conduct Weather 101 and Tropical Cyclone 101 trainings for greater collaboration with public and private sector organizations to improve disaster risk reduction and preparedness, especially in the most vulnerable areas.


 


How DepEd Calapan benefits from ‘Weather 101’

The rainy season has begun and the western part of the Philippines is standing against the fury of the southwest monsoon, or habagat, as it brings constant moderate-to-heavy rains of late. In addition, there is a 60% chance that a weak La Niña will develop in the fourth quarter of the year.

These are some of the information the participants from various public and private organizations are learning from WeatherPhilippines’s Weather 101 and Tropical Cyclone 101 training sessions.

The foundation recently conducted a series of trainings for the DepEd in partnership with CitySavings. We interviewed a couple of the agency’s personnel from DepEd Calapan Division, namely Noida Castro and Leonard Dipasupil, to find out how the training is helping them become #WeatherWiser. Noida is the Education Program Supervisor for Science while Leonard is the division’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Coordinator.

 

Leonard Dipasupil DRRM Coordinator, DepEd Calapan City Division
Leonard Dipasupil
DRRM Coordinator, DepEd Calapan City Division

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 area’s actual weather information via weather.com.ph.

 

Noida Castro Education Program Supervisor in Science, DepEd Calapan City Division
Noida Castro
Education Program Supervisor in Science, DepEd Calapan City Division

What are your division’s plans on disaster risk reduction?

The Curriculum Division monitors the integration of all the 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.