Department of Science and Technology secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña (left) recently sworn Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. as undersecretary for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
Solidum will continue to head the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or Phivolcs as Officer-In-Charge. He brings with him years of experience in disaster risk reduction and management particularly in the field of geological hazards like earthquakes and tsunamis.
As Phivolcs director, Solidum 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. (Photo courtesy of DOST/ Rodolfo P. de Guzman)