DoT 7 mourns new regional director
CEBU CITY—Officials and employees of the Department of Tourism Region 7 are mourning the unexpected passing of their new regional director, Catalino “Butch” Chan III. Chan passed away Thursday afternoon at the Perpetual Succor Hospital here after suffering a stroke. He was 62.
Judy Gabato, DOT 7 chief tourism operations officer, said Chan was a fatherly figure and a positive leader. Even with his brief stint as DOT regional director, Chan was already known for his light-hearted demeanor when dealing with his staff, Gabato added.
Chan was named regional director in January, but he has been with the DOT for 11 years, serving mostly in Northern Mindanao.