Engr. Zaldie C. Gawad from DOST-Oriental Mindoro teaches business owners on how to access weather data from the Philsensors website

Various local business owners from Socorro, Oriental Mindoro took part in the training on online weather data monitoring using the DOST-ASTI’s Philsensors website held last March 11, 2022, at the Socorro Municipal Hall. The training was conducted to help them prepare and respond to extreme weather events that may affect their businesses.

Basic disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) knowledge, use of DOST-PHIVOLCS’ and the use of the DOST-ASTI developed website Philsensors to obtain and monitor data from different DOST developed hydromet devices installed in the province including – Automated Rain Gauge (ARG), Water Level Monitoring Stations (WLMS), and Automated Weather Station (AWS) were taught to a total of 20 business owners from the municipality. Philsensors is a website that provides access to both historical and near real time raw data such as elevation, coordinates and status gathered from the various weather stations in the Philippines. The Philsensor website presents visualized data for efficient analysis to guide business owners make better and more informed decisions.

Philsensors Website Interface (Source: DOST-ASTI)

In addition, the use of DOST-PHIVOLCS’ HazardHunterPH was also introduced to the group. This training intends to capacitate the industry to ensure the protection of their properties, assets, and people during a disaster and maintain the continuity of business operations in the face of calamities.

Mary Frances Rae Ramiento, a geologist and project assistant from DOST-Oriental Mindoro discusses basic DRRM knowledge and introduces HazardHunterPH to the group.

The Socorro Tourism Office, headed by the LGU’s Municipal S&T Coordinator initiated this training as part of its two-day activity on Standard First Aid Technique and Basic Life Support Training, with the theme: “Iba ang handa, ligtas ang may alam!”.  The training was facilitated by DOST-Oriental Mindoro.