Project Rain Gauge aims to spark awareness in the study of earth science by building online meteorological data provided by a network of public high schools that monitor and record rainfall observations around the country. It also assists in disaster preparedness by providing a community-based early warning system for possible natural disasters like landslides and flash floods.
It is a joint undertaking of Smart and Manila Observatory’s KLIMA Climate Change Center, in cooperation with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan (AGHAM), Typhoon Committee Foundation, Inc. and the Department of Education (DepEd).
From 2007 to 2011, Smart partnered with a volunteer network of 80 public elementary and secondary schools all over the country that monitored rainfall twice a day, every day for the entire year. For its contribution to the promotion of science and technology and disaster preparedness in schools, students from participating schools were awarded with Congressional medals by the House of Representatives.
Project Rain Gauge was recognized by both the Philippine Quill and Anvil Awards.