The Department of Science and Technology confirmed on Wednesday that Undersecretary Graciano Yumul Jr. has resigned as the weather bureau’s supervising officer-in-charge and DOST research and development chief.
DOST Secretary Mario Montejo announced that Yumul decided to seek optional retirement after nearly 30 years of government service due to personal reasons.
“Yumul’s career path as professor, scientist, and executive was marked by excellence and dedication and duly recognized by peers from government, academe, and the private sector,” Montejo said in a statement.
Yumul was appointed as DOST R&D undersecretary and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s OIC in 2006.
As undersecretary, he had supervised the department’s R&D institutes and grants-in-aid program, coordinated initiatives coursed through the inter-agency coordinating council, chaired the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines, and served as program director of the Technology Innovation for Commercialization, according to DOST.
He was also a professor at the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of Geological Sciences.
“Yumul leaves a rich legacy to the Department of Science and Technology for others to follow and emulate,” Montejo said.
In 2010, Yumul replaced then Pagasa administrator Prisco Nilo, who got the ire of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III over the agency’s supposed dismal performance amid a typhoon Basyang.
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