Friday, August 6, 2010

Aquino replaces PAGASA chief

.President Benigno Aquino III announced on Friday that he has replaced Dr. Prisco D. Nilo as director of the country’s weather bureau, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Aquino told reporters on Friday afternoon that Nilo was replaced due to “differences" with his “immediate superior" in the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the government agency directly supervising PAGASA.

Although the President did not name the "immediate superior," a check with PAGASA showed that it is directly under the DOST underesecretary for research and development, with the post currently held by Graciano Yumul.

A special order from Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo dated August 5 designated Undersecretary Yumul as PAGASA’s officer-in-charge, replacing Nilo. Aquino reprimanded Pagasa last month for failing to predict that typhoon Basyang would ravage Metro Manila. Aquino said Nilo "never really bothered to explain" why Typhoon Basyang moved in a different direction. (See: Aquino reprimands PAGASA at Typhoon Basyang briefing)—with Andreo C. Calonzo/JV, GMANews.TV

Story lifted from Yahoo News...