With motorists and pedestrians again battling the monsoon season, Caltex, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), renewed its commitment to host 18 automated weather stations (AWS) in strategically located Caltex stations in Metro Manila to help provide near-real time weather data such as heavy rainfall intensities which can cause flooding.
Caltex will donate Php 1 million in maintenance, from 2018 to 2022 for the project. The project started in 2012 with the partnership between Caltex and Manila Observatory (MO).
The AWS, maintained by MO, measures the weather condition in the area where it is located. The solar powered outdoor sensors collect data such as temperature, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, pressure, and rain amount, duration and intensity.
The data collected by the AWS can help in the understanding of and preparation for extreme weather events in Metro Manila and can be useful information for the public and groups such as Metro Manila LGUs, MMDA, and DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau who are concerned about flooding. The data and analysis can also be used as part of evidence-based decision support systems for evacuation planning, class cancellations, preparedness planning and zoning, and land-use planning.
“This project is aligned with our culture of health and safety. We are ecstatic to be a part of this revolutionary project. We want to share the AWS data not only to our employees but also to our customers and the public. We also hope to help raise awareness on climate change and the importance of being prepared,” said, Atty. Raissa Bautista, CPI Manager for policy, government and public affairs
The Metro Weather project has expanded to Iloilo City and Iloilo province, Davao City and Davao Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City.
“The Manila Observatory is committed to providing scientific and innovative ways to help our community to be aware of our surroundings. Through this project, we can meet the objective of keeping the public informed and alert of the weather conditions in the metropolis, making them smart and prepared citizens. Equally important, these weather stations will provide data that will help us better understand urban meteorology dynamics and the implications on weather extremes especially in light of a globally warmer world” said Dr. Gemma Narisma, MO executive director.