The Governing Board of the Department of Science and Technology - National Research Council of the Philippines named Dr. Carina Galvez Lao as its new executive director.
Dr. Lao is not new in the DOST System. Before being chosen as the Council’s new Executive Director, Dr. Lao worked at the DOST Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Atmospheric Services Administration (PAGASA) for 39 years (1974 - present). She was Assistant Weather Services Chief before joining NRCP.
She recently had been to China, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, and the USA to join in various workshops, fora, and symposia on multi-hazard mitigation, typhoon behaviour, strengthening meteorological services among others.
Her countless awards and recognitions esteemed her dedication towards work and unselfish social service undertakings. In the 80th NRCP General Membership Assembly held in March 2013 at the Manila Hotel, the DOST NRCP named her as one of the twelve basic research achievers for 2012.
She was recognized for her expertise in the field of meteorology and researches in PAGASA specifically on tropical cyclone tracks as well as mobilizing grassroots support to researches on atmospheric science, geophysics, and meteorological instruments development. Her efforts were considered pivotal in building the scientific and technical skills of researchers on the field of earth and space sciences and deemed to have elevated the bar of excellence of Philippine meteorological researches and studies.
Dr. Lao is a Regular Member of the NRCP Division XII: Earth and Space Sciences since 1995. She became a Member of the NRCP Governing Board (GB) when she was elected as the Division XII Chairperson in 2004 and held various GB ranks, namely as Member of the Personnel and Finance Committee 2004 - 2005; Assistant Corporate Secretary 2005 – 2008; and Corporate Secretary 2008 – 2009.
Dr. Lao hails from Balagtas, Bulacan. She obtained both her masters and doctorate degrees in Meteorology from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She was married to the late Mr. Rafael P. Lao. Her daughter, Carolyn Rose, is now working on her doctorate degree in De La Salle University Manila.