The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) mourned Wednesday the death of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim who passed away on January 6.
“After the untimely demise of NAPOLCOM (National Police Commission) vice chairman Rogelio Casurao, we are heartbroken to lose another fellow public servant with whom the DILG has worked very closely through the years in many undertakings,’’ DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said.
Año noted that the MMDA under Lim “has been truly valuable in effectively implementing the protocols set forth by the President and by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases since the public health crisis began.’’
Año praised Lim for unifying and solidifying the Metro Manila mayors in “addressing many issues and challenges in the government’s response to the pandemic.’’
The DILG chief also noted that Lim established the Oplan Kalinga operations center in the MMDA which was one of the game changers in our battle against COVID-19.
“The DILG thanks him and the MMDA organization for all meaningful and significant partnerships we have worked on together to ensure road safety, road clearing, environmental protection, and disaster mitigation and prevention in the National Capital Region as well as in the country’s successful hosting of the 31st ASEAN Summit in 2017,’’ he added.
In his decades of public service, Año maintained that Lim stood against the odds to push for reforms in governance.
“On a personal level, I know him to be a great leader and one of my idols when he served as one of our tactical officers in the Philippine Military Academy. His efforts and contributions to the betterment of our country will never be forgotten,’’ Año ended.