MANILA -- Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul confirmed on Wednesday that he is leaving the state weather bureau on November 11 as he lauded the government’s well-coordinated response to super typhoon Juan (international codename: Megi).

“Supposedly, my appointment is just up to October 31. But the ban on appointments during elections pushed it to November 11. I’m ready to go back to DOST and focus on my work as undersecretary for research,” he told Sun.Star by phone.

“However, Secretary Montejo and I will continuously work with Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) especially if there are extreme weather events. I am very happy with the performance of Pagasa and Team Philippines in general for making the necessary preparations for the super typhoon,” Yumul added.

Yumul, who oversees the research and development arm of the department, said he is happy over the public’s positive response on Pagasa’s performance, especially on its hourly updates of the typhoon’s position and regular press briefings. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)