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CABINET APPOINTMENT

Solidum named science secretary

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 05:44 AM August 13, 2022

Renato SolidumJr.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has named one of the country’s most renowned scientists as secretary of the Department of Science and Techonology (DOST).

“We confirm the appointment of Mr. Renato Solidum Jr. as Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles told reporters.

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Prior to his appointment to the Cabinet, Solidum, a geologist, was DOST undersecretary for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and concurrent head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Solidum has been with Phivolcs since the agency was spun off the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in 1984.

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He first came to international attention in 1991 when then Phivolcs chief Raymundo Punongbayan tasked him to coordinate with the US Geological Service (USGS) team that was gathering data on Mount Pinatubo, which was then restive.

The data gathered by the USGS team and Solidum persuaded Punongbayan to raise an evacuation alert that is deemed to have saved thousands of lives in the Central Luzon region.

Solidum, who was also a geologist from the University of the Philippines (UP) and US-educated like Punongbayan, was tapped to succeed the latter in 2003.

Aside from UP, Solidum completed his graduate studies in geological sciences at the University of Illinois and post-graduate degree in earth sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the University of California.

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