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Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Joji Aragon passed away on Sunday at 58 from cardiac arrest due to the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

“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 department said in a statement.

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

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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.


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