Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation - DOST

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr. is a geologist having obtained a BS Geology degree from the University of the Philippines. He finished his M.Sc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He has worked with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) since 1984 and became its Director in 2003 up to February 2017. He was appointed Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change (DRR-CC) and assigned as Officer-In-Charge of PHIVOLCS since March 2017.

In recognition of his contributions to disaster risk reduction in the Philippines, Dr. Solidum has been awarded the Presidential Citation for Public Service, the Presidential Lingkod Bayan (Civil Servant)  Award by the Civil Service Commission, the Professional of the Year in the field of Geology by the Professional Regulation Commission, the Excellence Award for Government Service by the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations and the Presidential Career Executive Service Award by the Career Executive Service Board.

Dr. Solidum is part of many national and global initiatives related to disaster risk reduction and keen on continuously enhancing the capacity of DOST-PHIVOLCS. As DOST Undersecretary, he spearheads the department’s DRR-CC undertakings with different stakeholders.