His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
On the passing of Cayetano Paderanga Jr.
[Released on January 31, 2016]
My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family of Cayetano Paderanga Jr. Whether it was to help rebuild our newly-restored democracy in 1990, or in 2010, to rebuild our country’s capacity and confidence after a lost decade, Dondon Paderanga unhesitatingly accepted the call to serve in NEDA.
He could have remained in the academe where he had earned the respect and affection of his peers and students. Instead he went ahead and did his part, even if it risked his health.
Few individuals have had an opportunity to serve their country as he did, whether in NEDA, the Monetary Board or the ADB.
In each instance he did so without any blemish to his integrity. As a member of the Cabinet he undertook all his tasks with a smile, and gentle good-humor; he was not just a hard-working public servant, but a kind man who will be missed.
Corrected as of February 1, 2016