Here we will reflect on the process employed, the outcomes and the lessons learned of a pilot study conducted during the project (in Manila and Salcedo, Eastern Samar), to improve the capacity of local level decision-makers to better understand and use weather and climate information. Through a series of interactive and collaborative workshops and dialogue between the producers and users of climate information (e.g. local planners and community level “Barangay” officers), the pilot trained over 100 local community members and resulted in the co-development of a process, including the Climate Risk Analysis Matrix (CLIRAM), to help integrate climate information into local and sectoral decision making by enabling the participants to contextualize this information in terms of potential impacts. This pilot represents a step in the process to addressing the challenge of communicating and using complicated and uncertain information for use at the local level and highlights challenges in achieving this. We will conclude with insights into the development of tailored climate services in the Philippines, discussing the role of local, national, regional and international institutions.