Top Pagasa official quits amid storm

Rio Rose Ribaya
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom
Servando meets with Aquino
Pagasa Administrator Nathaniel Servando (left) speaks with President Benigno Aquino III at the state weather bureau's office. (Photo from PCCO website)

Amid heavy downpour caused by a tropical storm's impact on the southwest monsoon, the weather bureau's top official quit his post.

Pagasa Administrator Nathaniel Servando has submitted his resignation to Science Secretary Mario Montejo, a ranking official admitted Wednesday.

"Sinabi nya lang sa text na nag-submit na sya ng letter kay Secretary and that he is deciding for an optional retirement,” acting administrator Dr. Vicente Malano said.
“We just don’t know about its effectivity because it is the office the (DOST) secretary that handles this matter,” he told Yahoo! Southeast Asia in a phone interview.

Malano said Pagasa will be losing an expert, the only one among a dozen personnel in the state weather bureau who holds a doctorate in meteorology.

But the Pagasa officer-in-charge assured Servando’s departure will not affect their agency’s operation especially during the height of the rainy season.
“Hindi naman kami magkakaron ng disruption (sa operations) kasi nag-file naman sya ng leave nung March 22 pa,” Malano said.
“Three months na rin syang wala. Ayos naman ang operations ng Pagasa bago pa may pumasok na bagyo,” he added.
Servando has been reported to have been teaching in an Institute of Meteorology in Qatar a few weeks ago, sparking concern about on-going brain drain in the country.
Malano confirmed the news while Pagasa is in the middle of monitoring updates on Tropical Storm “Emong,” which has been causing the Southwest monsoon to dump torrential rains in several areas in the country.