Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) head Nathaniel Servando has resigned to teach in the Middle East.
Malacanang on Wednesday said that Servando was “just on an extended leave,” but later confirmed that he has quit.
Herminio Coloma, head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said that he understood Servando’s decision.
Servando served PAGASA for 23 years.
“We respect Director Servando’s decision to pursue an alternative career path,” Coloma said. “We thank him for his long years of dedicated public service.”
For his part, Strategic Communications Secretary Ramon Carandang wished Servando good luck as he takes on a teaching post in the Middle East.
Servando had taken a teaching post on Meteorology in a university in Qatar.
Vicente Malano, Pagasa officer-in-charge, said he received a text message from Servando on Tuesday night informing him of his decision to quit.
Servando took a three-month leave of absence for health reasons, complaining of hypertension and diabetes. But when his leave lapsed in May, he sought an extension until August, which Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo allowed.
Servando first joined PAGASA as a weather specialist in January 1990. He became a senior weather specialist in October 2000. He also served as acting chief of the agency’s Weather Forecasting Section in August 2002.
Servando was appointed deputy administrator for research and development in February 2004, and formally assumed leadership of the agency in 2012.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE