Contributed by VSU | May 29, 2019
Visayas State University, through its newly established Department of Meteorology and in partnership with WeatherPhilippines Foundation, hosted the Youth Conference on Weather and Climate on April 26, 2019. The conference aimed to widen the awareness of weather-related disaster preparedness and resilience among students and faculty.
Held at the Visayas State University Convention Center, the event was part of the highlights of the school’s week-long 95th-anniversary celebration. The discussion aimed to widen awareness of weather-related disaster preparedness and resilience among students and faculty.
WeatherPhilippines’ Adonis Manzan, typhoon specialist, and sustainability specialist Jam Salazar, who served as resource persons for the said conference, emphasized the need to empower communities to make informed decisions using localized weather concepts, the Philippines being prone to experience at least 10-20 typhoons a year.
WeatherPhilippines Foundation Inc., a non-government organization founded by the Aboitiz in 2012, is a weather provider that aims to provide Filipinos with premier weather sensing, forecasting system, with the aim of building a #WeatherWiser nation.
In partnership with the Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), WeatherPhilippines also aims to provide local governments and communities with free, accurate, and localized weather information that is both available at their website and mobile app.
The conference was the first major event of the department, which was officially established just in 2016. DMet headed by Mr. Charlindo Torrion, will finally offer an undergraduate degree in Meteorology in the academic year 2019-2020.
The event was attended by more than 50 students and faculty in the university.
This post was originally published by the Visayas State University here.