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The Negros Occidental provincial director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) died on Wednesday night, October 28. He was 60.
Ferdinand Panes died in a hospital in Iloilo City, where he was admitted on October 13.
His brother, Anthony Panes, in an interview with Aksyon Radyo Bacolod, said the official succumbed to severe pneumonia, as stated in his death certificate, and not to coronavirus disease.
In a statement, the employees of DILG Western Visayas, based in Iloilo City, “mourned the loss of a stern but kind boss, a brilliant mentor, and a true friend and family. Atty. Nanding may have gone before us but he left behind a legacy that will live on through the years.”
They also extended their heartfelt condolences to his family and all his loved ones, adding that “may our Lord provide you with strength and comfort in this sorrowful time.”
The statement said that Panes was “undoubtedly an asset” to the department and an “immensely valuable public servant.”
Panes was previously assigned as the city director of DILG Iloilo City and last served as the provincial director of DILG Negros Occidental for over a year.
The flag at the Capitol Park and Lagoon flew at half-mast to honor him. – Rappler.com