MANILA – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Rene Solidum has been appointed undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Affairs at the Department of Science and Technology.
DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña said Solidum will continue to lead Phivolcs as officer-in-charge.
“Dr. Solidum Jr. brings with him years of experience in disaster risk reduction and management particularly in the field of geological hazards like earthquakes and tsunamis,” the DOST said in a statement.
“As Phivolcs director, Dr. Solidum Jr. initiated several projects that include the following: improved volcano monitoring system, tsunami warning system, earthquake monitoring system and the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System, a software that can produce seismic hazard and risk maps before and immediately after an earthquake," it added.