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DILG prov’l head hit by COVID dies

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The flag at the Negros Occidental Capitol in Bacolod City is flying at half staff for the provincial head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government who passed away at past 11 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, after being hit by COVID-19.

Ferdinand Panes, 60, passed away at the St. Paul’s Hospital in Iloilo after suffering from a heart attack and becoming comatose, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said today, October 29.

He had gone home to Iloilo on October 2, was diagnosed with COVID-19, and was intubated at the St. Paul’s Hospital on October 13, Diaz added.

Diaz said about 30 DILG staff members in Negros Occidental were tested for COVID-19 and one casual employee tested positive.

The casual employee was quarantined at the Mambukal Resort in Murcia town and has since recovered, he added.*

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