Grieving over Dee’s passing


Employers and labor lost a leading light with the passing of business leader, Donald Dee, 72, last Saturday night. The Federation of Free Workers (FFW) expressed their grief and sympathy in a statement.

“The Federation of Free Workers extends its deepest condolences to his family and the members of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines. Donald was a passionate leader of the employers but at the same time with a kind heart for the workers,” FFW said.

Sony Matula, FFW president, also expressed his heartfelt thoughts toward the late businessman.

“Donald was a colleague at the Social Security System when we were together at the Social Security Commission. I was representing the workers’ group and he was representing the employers,” Matula said.

“May the angels lead you to God’s loving embrace. Godspeed Donald,” he added.

The late businessman previously served as SSS commissioner from 2001 to 2010 where he and Matula worked together as colleagues.

Dee has an extended list of service rendered in the business industry. He served as president of Phoenix Resource and Management Corp., director of the Manila Exposition Complex Inc. and president of Pan Pacific Airways.

Dee was also honorary chairman and chief operating officer of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as founding trustee of the Philippine Business for Education.

The business leader also served as former council member of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council — Philippines and a member of the Beacheads Beachheads — South East Asia New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

“The business community lost a passionate champion and leader, a stalwart in the industry, and a staunch advocate of and for employers,” ECOP said in a statement.

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