MANILA – Malacanang mourned on Sunday the untimely death of Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Francisco Varela.
”His untimely death is a big loss to the public service and we extend our condolences to his bereaved family,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a press statement.
Coloma said Varela served “with distinction and contributed significantly in implementing reforms in the education sector anchored upon good governance and the judicious utilization of public funds.”
”He opted to join government at the start of the Aquino administration after carving an exemplary track record in the academic and investment banking sectors,” he added.
Varela died in a vehicular accident on Saturday morning in Rizal. He was 47.
He was reportedly declared dead on arrival at the Padilla District Hospital in Antipolo City after he figured in an accident while on board his motorcycle.
]In a press statement of the DepEd, Varela has been described as “highly principled man” with a sharp mind.
”He was a staunch advocate of anti-corruption efforts in the Department and played a very important role in instituting reforms to ensure that ethical standards are observed in all transactions involving the agency,” the press statement added.