POSTED ON 09/20/2013 9:55 PM
Better, more accurate weather and disaster news for the public.
This is the aim of Rappler’s new partnerships with Weather Philippines Foundation, and the DOST Project NOAH.
Mirrored by Rappler for several months now, NOAH will make its weather, dam and river levels, and geohazard data available to Rappler.
MAHAR LAGMAY, DIRECTOR, DOST-PROJECT NOAH: We welcome this agreement with Rappler, because we know that media can help a lot in disseminating crucial, vital and understandable information. Information that all of the people need in the far-flung areas and even in the cities in order for us to save ourselves.
Weather Philippines will provide real-time weather information.
SUSAN VALDEZ, PRESIDENT, WEATHER PHILIPPINES FOUNDATION: We join with Rappler and Project NOAH in really doing disaster preparedness for the country, and that’s what we really need.
Rappler will use data to give more accurate, timely information on weather, typhoons, and floods.
MARIA RESSA, CEO AND EXECUTIVE EDITOR, RAPPLER: We at Rappler think nothing great can ever be achieved alone. And there’s fantastic work that’s already being done…That’s the main goal: We need to do this together.
The partnerships also aim to help Filipinos learn, prepare, and deal with disasters.
These will be on top of weather forecasts currently provided by weather-manila.com, developed by U.P. professor Gerry Bagtasa.
News and data from the 3 groups will soon be available on rappler.com/weather.
KD Suarez, Rappler, Manila.