DOLE mourns death of senior official

DOLE Usec. Joji Aragon appearing at the Laging Handa public briefing hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PIA NCR file photo) 

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) -- Officials and employees of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are mourning the death of Undersecretary Joji Aragon who passed away on Sunday.

Aragon, a career official, succumbed to cardiac arrest due to COVID-19.  She was 58.

“Please join us in praying for the eternal repose of the soul of Undersecretary Joji Aragon, head of the advocacy/productivity/legislative cluster of the Department of Labor and Employment,” the DOLE said in a statement.

“The entire DOLE family, headed by Secretary Silvestre Bello III, grieves her untimely demise,” it added.

According to DOLE, Aragon was believed to have contracted the virus last month.

“It is believed that she contracted the virus following a procedure she underwent in the second week of December last year,” the statement added.

“DOLE and I lost a Jewel,” Bello said via text message when asked about his reaction on the death of Aragon. (PIA NCR)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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