Pagasa exec quits

The 52-year-old Pagasa chief Usec Graciano Yumul Jr resigns after almost 28 years in government service

RESIGNED CHIEF. Graciano Yumul quits as Pagasa chief after 28 years in government service.

[UPDATED] MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Supervising Undersecretary Graciano Yumul Jr has resigned, his superior confirmed Wednesday, March 14.

“It is with deep regret that I accept the decision of Usec Graciano P Yumul Jr to seek optional retirement from government service due to personal reasons,” said Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo in a statement.

The 52-year-old Yumul served in government for almost 28 years with a career “marked by excellence and dedication,” Montejo said. “Undersecretary Yumul leaves a rich legacy to the Department of Science and Technology for others to follow and emulate.”

Yumul served as DOST’s undersecretary for research and development, and as Pagasa’s supervising undersecretary.

DOST spokesperson Raymund Liboro said Dr Amelia Guevarra, former University of the Philippines (UP) vice president for academic affairs, will take over as officer-in-charge of the Office of the DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development.

Yumul took over Pagasa as officer-in-charge in August 2010 after President Benigno Aquino III sacked then Pagasa chief Dr Prisco D Nilo, who earned Aquino’s ire for Pagasa’s supposedly faulty storm warnings. – Rappler.com