We were informed by very close friend of DepEd Usec Francis Varela dies from a motorbike accident yesterday August 29, 2015. This is a very sad day to know a person like Usec. Francis Varela passed away.
It was reported that Usec. Francis Varela what riding his motorbike when the accident happened at Sierra Madre along Tanay Rizal with his fellow riders. Knowing riding group of Usec. Francis Varela they practice safe riding at all times but with accidents you can’t never tell when it will happen.
The whole country mourns with the death of a greatest official that contributed a lot especially in regard to Education in the country. He will be missed by his friends and family.
Statement on the passing of DepEd Undersecretary Francis Varela
The Department of Education (DepEd) deeply mourns the loss of one of its greatest officials in the person of Francis M. Varela, Undersecretary for Finance and Administration.
Usec. Varela has been very instrumental in forging ahead education reforms particularly in ensuring that every cent in the education budget is spent judiciously. He was a staunch advocate of anti-corruption efforts in the Department and played a very important role in instituting reforms to ensure that ethical standards are observed in all transactions involving the agency.
A highly principled man, a sharp mind, a willingness to make tough decisions, and the compassion for the Filipino learner were all hallmarks of Usec. Varela’s five years in DepEd.
We are one with his family in this difficult time and one with the nation in mourning the loss of an extraordinary public servant.###
We would like to send our deepest condolence to the family of Usec. Francis Varela.
Usec Francis Varela remains will be at La Salle Greenhills chapel in San Juan City and will lie there until September 1.