Digos declares yearlong mourning period over governor’s death

Douglas Ralota Cagas: 1943 – 2021 (Photo courtesy of Digos City News Online)

DAVAO CITY – A year of mourning was declared by Digos City Mayor Josef Cagas over the death of his uncle, Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Ralota Cagas.

The period of mourning will be from June 10, 2021 to June 10, 2022,

Cagas, 77, died on June 10 due to Covid-19 complications.

Mayor Cagas said the cityhood of Digos was through the efforts of the late governor, who led the drafting of Republic Act 8798, converting the Municipality of Digos into a Component City of Davao del Sur in November 1998.

“Governor Cagas spent most of his life in public service and had endowed fruitful years in uplifting the lives of his fellowmen in Davao del Sur in general and in Digos City in particular. His strong political will and untiring commitment to bring sustainable development not only for Davao del Sur but also to Digos City, have touched the lives of many and transformed our province and city into flourishing localities in the country,” the mayor said.

During the whole year of mourning, all government agencies, units and installations, private/business establishments, and private and public schools of all levels will put all flags at half-mast and offer prayers every 3 p.m.

“We mourn the tragic demise of the most charismatic, and the best public servant and leader in the Province of Davao del Sur. The saddest moment in the lives of the People of Davao del Sur and all Digoseños especially to those who have experienced his brand and superb quality of public service, those people whose lives are somehow getting better by the services and projects, our good governor rendered,” Mayor Cagas added.

The governor’s only son, Vice Governor Marc Douglas, took over his father’s post while Senior Board Member of Davao del Sur’s First District and Mayor Cagas’ brother, John Tracy, will be the new Vice Governor. (PNA)

Credit belongs to : www.pna.gov.ph

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