Weather Philippines Foundation in cooperation with Cebu Pacific Air, brought us to Cebu last July 21-22 for the Weather Wiser Influencers’ Social Media for Knowledge Mobilization and Disaster Preparedness Summit. It was a two-day trip which included a familiarization and urbanized heritage tour around the city of Cebu on the first day and social media summit on the second day held at Summit Circle Hotel last July 22.
In partnership with Cebu Pacific Air, Rappler, and City Savings, Weather Philippines also invited local school and university educators to a one-day social media awareness day. The summit covered the responsible use of social media and the introduction of Weather Philippines mobile app which gives accurate weather updates and information via the weather stations installed in several areas in Cebu.
Raisa Serafica, Rappler’s Social Media Warrior and Correspondent, shared insights of how social media can be a big help in times of disasters. Raisa also shared the mission of Rappler’s Agos project in terms of social media awareness.
Currently, there are 780 weather stations installed and scattered across the country nationwide. The purpose of the weather stations is to measure the amount of rainfall and detect the weather forecast of a particular place relayed through a systematized weather technology that is shown on the Weather Philippines mobile app.
Downloading the mobile app is very easy and use is free of charge. Visit the Google Playstore or Apple Store and search for WeatherPH, download and install the app on your mobile device.
Similar with social media, using the mobile app also comes with responsibility. Weather Philippines though explains that the mobile app doesn’t intend to replace weather forecasts or announcements from DOST-PAGASA. Weather Philippines mobile app was developed and made available to guide users and get daily alerts to what types of weather conditions a certain area or places will be experiencing during a 6-day period.
This app is very useful and comes in handy especially when you are traveling to your next destination. It keeps you updated of the weather conditions of the place(s) you’re about to visit to make you prepare of the things you should bring or wear, depending on the weather condition.
Because it relies on internet connection, people residing in places where internet may experience poor and slow service of the app. Locations that is far from the network’s grid may not get full access to the features of this mobile app. Weather Philippines is just a tool and if these problems does occur, users may continue to get updates off-line from radio, TV, or from the local government unit.
The trip is a continuous effort from Weather Philippines in bringing closer the community to source of weather information and awareness that can help prevent any risk of dangers through the aid of the WeatherPH mobile application.
Many thanks to Weather Philippines Foundation and their partner sponsors in pushing this advocacy.
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