Renato Solidum Jr. is the next secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Malacañang announced on Friday.

“We confirm the appointment of Mr. Renato Solidum Jr. as Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles told reporters in a message.

Solidum is a geologist who has been the officer in charge of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) since 2017.

He was DOST undersecretary for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Solidum will lead the DOST in its mandate to “provide central direction, leadership and coordination of scientific and technological efforts and ensure that the results therefrom are geared and utilized in areas of maximum economic and social benefits for the people.” John Ezekiel J. Hirro