Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) assistant secretary Carlos M. Caliwara has died in office at the age of 61, the agency disclosed Sunday, April 14.
Caliwara, who was called “Caloy” by his friends, was stricken by an illness just a few months after being appointed to his position by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in November 2016. He then underwent a medical procedure and took a leave of absence. He returned to work after the operation but was visibly thinner and looked frail with a cane by his side.
Before being appointed at the DICT, Caliwara was a practicing lawyer and legal consultant of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas. He was also a former municipal legal officer of Tayabas, Quezon.
Like Duterte, Caliwara was a law graduate of San Beda College. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Far Eastern University. He was among the first set of officials appointed to the DICT after the agency’s formation in 2016.
The DICT, in its official Facebook page, paid tribute to the fallen official. “For your wit, and humor, your wisdom and passion, and your compassionate leadership and dedication to public service, you will be missed,” the agency said.
“Your legacy will live on within your DICT family and through your contributions to the country,” it added.