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Carina G. Lao

Meteorologist, PAGASA Loyalty Award (2009)

Expertise: Earth and Space Sciences, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science

Dr. Carina G. Lao is recognized 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.

Affiliation

Asst. Weather Services Chief, PAGASA central Office, 1424 ATB Building, Quezon Ave., Quezon City

Association

    • National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Chair, Division of Earth & Space Sciences (XII)
    • University of the Philippine Alumni Association (UPAA), Member
    • Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS), Full Member
    • Philippine Meteorological Society (PMS), Regular Member
    • Friends of Oceanographical and Meteorological Sciences (FOAMS), University of the Philippines, Member
    • Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) Scientific Career Evaluation Committee (SCEC), Member
    • PAGASA Research Evaluation and Monitoring for Incentive Awards (REMIA) Committee, Secretary
    • Total Solar Eclipse Committee Secretariat, PAGASA, Vice Chairperson
    • Regional Seminar Workshop on Basic Astronomy for Science Teachers, Assistant Coordinator
    • TCCP-WMO Practical Course on Weather Forecasting, Assistant Training Director
    • WMO International Training Seminar for National Meteorological Instructors, Conference Officer
    • Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) Six-Year Modernization Plan (6-YMP) & PAGASA Perspective Development Plan (PPDP), Chairperson
    • Philippine Meteorological Society (PMS), Inc. , Member, Board of Trustees
    • National Rreseach Council of the Philippines Division XII Newsletter, Founder
    • R-P China Research Projects of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (P)AGASA, Focal Person

Employment

    • RDTD, Assistant Weather Services Chief, 2009 July - Present
    • R&D and Training Division (RDTD), PAGASA, Officer-in-Charge, 2009 January - June
    • AGSSB,  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration, Assistant Weather Services Chief, 2007 - 2008
    • Field Operations Center, PAGASA, Officer-in-Charge, 2006
    • AGSSB, PAGASA, Assistant Weather Services Chief, 1997 - 2005
    •  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration, Supervising Weather Specialist, 1992 - 1997
    • PAGASA, Senior Weather Specialist, 1990 - 1992
    •  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration, Weather Specialist II, 1989 - 1990
    • PAGASA, Meteorologist II, 1988 - 1989
    • PAGASA, Senior Meteorologist, 1982 - 1987
    • PAGASA, Computer Programmer, 1980 - 1982
    • PAGASA, Digital Computer Programmer, 1980-1980
    •  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration, EDP Input Machine Operator, 1977 - 1980
    •  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration, Science Research Assistant I, 1976 - 1977
    •  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration, Weather Observer, Typhoon Research Project, 1975 - 1976
    • TRP/  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration, Weather Observer Aide, 1974 - 1975

Award

    • Featured in Best of Taas -Noo, Bulakenyo, Governor of Bulacan (Project aired in Channel 1 & 52), 2006
    • PAGASA Loyalty Award (35 Years in Service), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration-Department Of Science and Technology, 2009

Research

    • Geomagnetic field survey and modeling in the Philippines and South China Sea [Completed]
    • Extreme Weather observation Protocol for Provincial S & T Directors [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • Assessment of the Social and Economic Benefits of Meteorological and Related Services to the Philippine Society, WMO International Conference on Secure and Sustainable living: Social and Economic Benefit of Weather, Climate and Water Resources, Madrid, Spain
    • The Philippine National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS): Its Products and Services and New Initiatives for Sustainable Development, UN-Austria-ESA Symposium on Space Tools and Solutions for Monitoring the Atmosphere in Support of Sustainable Living, Graz, Austria
    • The Philipine Meteorological Service: Managing its Research and Development, 2007 Korean Research Foundation (KRF)Capacity Building Program for Research Management, Seoul, Korea
    • Climatology and susceptibility of the selected major ports of entry to meteorological disasters in the Philippines , CLIMAR 99 WMO/Workshop on Advances in Marine Climatology
    • Long Period Variations of Tropical Cyclones in the Western North Pacific , 3rd WMO International Symposium on Assimilation of Observations in Meteorology and Oceanography, World Meteorological Organization
    • Long Period Variations of Tropical Cyclones in the Western North Pacific (Masteral Thesis), UP-Diliman, QC
    • Variations of Tropical Cyclones Formation, AGSSB Technical Note #41PAGASA
    • Effects of El Niño on Tropical Cyclone Formation,, PAGASA (AGSSB Technical Note # 44)
    • nfall Probability Forecasting at Selected Airport Stations in the Philippines, AGSSB Technical Note #43, PAGASA
    • Statistical Method of Forecasting Tropical Cyclone Recurvature in the Philippines, , PAGASA,(AGSSB Technical Note #51)
    • Rainfall Probability Forecasting at Selected Airport Stations in the Philippines, AGSSB Technical Note #52, PAGASA
    • Statistical Method of Forecasting the Probabilty of Tropical Cyclone Recurvature in the Philippines , Tropical Climatology, Meteorology and Hydrology in Memoriam Franz Bultot, Brussels, Belgium
    • Analysis and Prediction of 5-day Total Rainfall, Ph. D. Dissertation, UP/PAGASA
    • Climate and Susceptability of the Selected Major Ports of Entry to Meteorological Disasters in the Philippines, Proceedings on CLIMAR 99 WMO Workshop on Advance in Marine Climatology, Vancouver, Canada
    • A Tropical Cyclone Exhibiting Unusual Movement, WMO Proceedings on Regional Technical Conference on Tropical Cyclones and Storm Surges, Chiang Mai, Thailand
    • The Effects of El Nino on Tropical Cyclone Formation and its Impacts on Philippine Economy, Brussels, Belgium
    • The Unusual Movement of Typhoon Gading (Vicki/9807), Australian Meteorology and Oceanographical Society (AMOS) Proceedings on International Conference on Storms, Brisbane, Australia
    • The Unusual Movement of TY Gading (VICKI/9807) and its Predictability, WMO Proceedings on the First THORPEX International Science Symposium, Montreal, Canada
    • World Meteorological Organization: Its role to national Met-hydro services, WMO Day Celebration
    • The Philippine NMHS's Expereinces on Practices of External Relations, Seminar on Management for Meteorological Administrators and Visits to China
    • External Relations of the Philippine National Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Symposium on Strengthening NMHS'sExternal Relations in China

Education

    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Doctor of Philosophy in  (Meteorology), 1998
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Medical Science in  (Meteorology), 1989
    • New Era College, Quezon City, Bachelor Science in Mechanical Engineering (22 units), 1985
    • University of the East, Manila, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1974

Publication

    • Lao, C.G., (1998) Statistical method of forecasting the probability of tropical cyclone recurvature in the Philippines.
    • International Conference on Tropical Climatology, Meteorology and Hydrology
    • Lao, C.G., (1999) Long period variations of tropical cyclones in the Western North Pacific
    • Third WMO International Symposium on Assimilation of Observations in Meteorology and Oceanography, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Proceedings
    • Lao, C.G., (1999) Climatology and susceptibility of the selected major ports of entry to meteorological disasters in the Philippines
    • CLIMAR 99 WMO Workshop on Advances in marine Climatology, WMO Proceedings
    • Lao, C.G. , (1989) Long period variations of tropical cyclones in the Western North Pacific
    • Masteral Thesis, UP-Diliman, Quezon City
    • Lao, C. G., Lao, R.P. and Ofina, B. R., (1990) Variations of tropical cyclones formation
    • AGSSB Technical Note #41, UDC 551.515.2, PAGASA,
    • Lao, C.G., De Guzman, M.C., (1992) Effects of El Ni?o on tropical cyclone formation
    • AGSSB Technical Note # 44, UDC 551.557.38:551.515.2, PAGASA
    • Cayanan, E. O., Tibig, L. V. and Lao, C. G. , (1992) Rainfall probability forecasting at selected Airport Stations in the Philippines
    • AGSSB Technical Note #43, UDC 551.509.324.2 (914), PAGASA
    • Lao, C.G., (1995 My 3-17) Rainfall probability forecasting at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Station (Philippines)
    • WMO Proceedings on 2nd International Symposium on Assimilation of Observations in Meteorology and Oceanography, Tokyo, Japan Volume 1
    • Cayanan, E. O. and Lao, C. G., (1996) Statistical method of forecasting tropical cyclone recurvature in the Philippines
    • AGSSB Technical Note #51, UDC 551.515.2, PAGASA
    • Lao, C. G., (1998) Analysis and prediction of 5-day total rainfall
    • Ph. D. Dissertation, UP/PAGASA
    • Cayanan, E. O., Lao, C. G., (1996 My 22-24) Statistical method of forecasting the probabilty of tropical cyclone recurvature in the Philippines
    • Tropical Climatology, Meteorology and Hydrology in Memoriam Franz Bultot (1924-1995), Brussels, Belgium
    • Lao, C.G., (2007) Assessment of the social and economic benefits of meteorological and related services to the Philippine Society
    • WMO Technical Document, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Lao, C.G., (2007) The Philippine National Meteorological and Hydrological services (NMHS): Its products and services and new initiatives for sustainable development
    • Journal of Austrian Academy of Science, Graz, Austria
    • Lao, C.G., (2007) The Philipine Meteorological Service: Managing its research and development
    • Korea Research Foundation Journal, Seoul, Korea
    • Lao, C.G., (2006 Ja) Managing tropical cyclone disasters
    • WMO Bulletin Volume 55
    • Lao, C.G., (2000) A Tropical Cyclone Exhibiting Unusual Movement
    • WMO Proceedings on Regional Technical Conference on Tropical Cyclones and Storm Surges Chiang Mai, Thailand

Trainings

    • STRESS Management Seminar, 2009 Ag 18, 8 Waves, San Rafael, Bulacan,
    • Seminar on Management for Meteorological Administrators, 2008 N 10-29, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China
    • Symposium on Strengthening NMHSs External Relations and Field Study, 2008 O 13-23, Beijing and Shanghai, China
    • Regional Workshop of Advisers on External Relations and Field Study in Korea for RA II/V, 2008 28 Ap-02 My, Jeju and Seoul, Korea
    • PAGASA Team Building Activity, 2008 Ap 6-8, Caliraya, Laguna
    • Korea Research Foundation (KRF) Capacity Building Workshop for Research Management, 2007 N 12-17, Seoul, Korea
    • STRESS Management Training, 2007 My 10, PAGASA Central Office
    • WMO International Conference on Secure and Sustainable Living, 2007 Mr 19-22, Madrid, Spain
    • 2nd National Meteorological-Hydrological Convention on Weather, Climate and Water, 2006 N 27-28, PAGASA Central Office
    • National Seminar Workshop on Socio-Economic Benefits of Meteorological Services, 2005 N 23-25, PAGASA Central office
    • Effective Leadership Skills, 2005 Ag 25, Philippine Trade Training Center, Dept. of Trade and Industry
    • Public Accountability, 2005 My 25, PAGASA Central Office
    • Training on Media Skills Development, 2005 Mr 29-30, PAGASA Central Office, Quezon City
    • Technical Forum on: From Lab to Market: Bringing SMEs to New Frontiers thru Innovation, 2005 Mr 16, PHIVOLCS
    • Official Visit to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Headquarters, 2001 D 8-10, Geneva, Switzerland
    • National Convention of World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI), 2000 Jl 22, Manila
    • 16th Civil Service Counsellors' Course, 1999 My 12-14, Civil Service Commission-NCR, Quezon City
    • TWOWS Second General Assembly and International Conference, 1999 Fe 8-11, Cape Town, South Africa
    • Supervisors Development Course Trainors' Training, 1997 My 5-16, Civil Service Commission-NCR, Quezon City
    • Dynamics of Leadership and Motivation Seminar/Workshop, 1995 My 22-24, HTDC, Makati, Metro Manila
    • Project Proposal Writing, 1994 N 21-23, Asian Institute of Information and PAGASA
    • Performance Management Seminar, 1992 O 26-30, Development Academy of the Philippines
    • Workshop/Seminar on Teaching Methods and Techniques, 1991 Ap 2-10, PAGASA, Quezon City
    • WMO Training Seminar for National Instructors of Regional II & V, 1989 N 18-29, Jakarta, Indonesia
    • UN-Austria-ESA Symposium on Space Tools and Solutions for Monitoring the Atmosphere, 2007 S 11-14, Graz, Austria
    • Training Course on Geomagnetic Field Survey and Modeling , 2006 O 10-20, Beijing, PROC
    • 1st National Meteorological-Hydrological Convention, 2005 D12-13, PAGASA Central Office
    • Conference on Meteorological Applications in Support to Agricultural Production for Decision-Makers, 2005 D 5, PAGASA Central Office
    • 1st National Congress on Space Technology Applications and Research, 2005 N 15, PHIVOLCS
    • Regional Seminar Workshop on Basic Astronomy for Science Teachers-
    • World Metrological Organization: Its role to national Met-hydro services, 2009 Mr 23, PAGASA-DOST