CPI executives together with scientists from the Manila Observatory flanked an Automated Weather Station (AWS) similar to 18 AWS installed in various Caltex stations in Metro Manila to provide real-time weather data.

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).

(L-R) Atty. Raissa Bautista, CPI manager for policy, government and public affairs; Jose Navera, CPI maintenance and construction team lead listens as Dr.Gemma Narisma, MO executive director and Genevieve Rose Lorenzo, MO research associate explains how the Automated Weather Station work during the MOA signing recently held at the MO complex in Ateneo De Manila University.

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.

(L-R) Joel Gaviola, CPI asst. for policy, government and public affairs; Atty. Raissa Bautista, CPI manager for policy, government and public affairs; Dr. Gemma Narisma, MO executive director; and Dr. James Simpas, MO Co-Head, AQD-ITD Laboratory, hold up their partnership agreement which will extend for another five years the 18 AWS already hosted in different Caltex stations in Metro Manila. Chevron will also provide a grant of P1 million for the maintenances of the 18 AWS.

“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.

(L-R) Joel Gaviola, CPI asst. for policy, government and public affairs; Atty. Raissa Bautista, CPI manager for policy, government and public affairs; Dr. Gemma Narisma, MO executive director; and Dr. James Simpas, MO Co-Head, AQD-ITD Laboratory, sealing the partnership for the Metro Weather Project which started in 2013 for another five years.

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.

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