Former Negros Occidental Provincial Board Member and Bago City Councilor Mae Javellana, passed away at about 5:12 a.m. yesterday due to multiple organ failure.
Javellana, 69, joined public service in 1989 as Punong Barangay of Lag-asan in Bago and was elevatedto city councilor in 1995, Provincial Board Member in 2004, and back to being a councilor last year.
Her eldest daughter,Mayette Yao, said her mother succumbed to liver cirrhosis that led to multiple organ malfunctions.
Yao added that her mother had been confined in the intensive care unit of the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital since Sept. 6, and she fought her illness for almost a month.
Yao also said she cannot deny that her mother has been a champion for the environment, women and livelihood programs in her city and in Negros, including the drafting ofthe provincial environment code, among others.
“She started as a punong barangay and she rose from the ranks as she loved what she was doing,” Yao said, adding, “She was very gentle not just to us, but also to many people.”
Javellana's three daughters are Mayette, Marjotin and Cookie who all graduated from the University of the Philippines. Mayette said it was her mother's pride that her daughters graduated from the top school in the country.
She said her mother really wanted to give her children a good education apart from giving the people her utmost service as a public official.
“My mother exposed us to a lot of things. She was very thoughtful and good hearted,” Yao added.
She also said that upon her mother's death, she thanked many people that she had worked with for almost two decades as a government official.
The remains of her mother will beat Rolling Hills Memorial Chapels until Sunday,at the Provincial Capitol on Monday, and at the Javellana Ancestral Home in Bago City on Oct. 17 to 21.
She will be buried on Oct. 21 at the Javellana Mausoleum at the Bago City Cemetery. * MLG
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