PCSO pays last respects to late board member

MANILA(PNA) -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) expressed its deepest gratitude to the services given by an esteemed member of its Board of Directors, Atty. Loreto Ata who succumbed to cardiac arrest on Friday. He was 66.

PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said Director Ata's death is a big loss to the agency and PCSO family.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Director Ata. He is a great loss in the agency, Balutan said in a statement.

Ata, who had been battling lung cancer for more than two years already, assumed office as a member of the PCSO Board of Directors last Sept. 13, 2016 and is the chair of PCSO's Risk Management Committee and members to the Governance Committee and the Nomination & Remuneration/Compensation Committee.

He finished both his Political Science and Law degrees at the Far Eastern University in 1972 and 1976, respectively � where he graduated as Valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude.

Ata is also senior partner in the Medialdea Ata Bello Guevarra & Suarez Law Firm from 2007 until his passing.

He likewise served as a member of the transition team with then Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte after being elected to office.

His remains were at the Loyola Memorial Chapels and Crematorium in Makati City.

The President visited Ata's wake at the Loyola Memorial Chapel on Monday.

Source: Philippine News Agency