The OFW sector mourns the passing of Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan Doy Lucenario, Jr., a humble public servant and a true friend to our overseas workers.
Those who remember the old passports with glued pages and names written in script have Doy Lucenario, Jr. to thank as one of the prime movers behind the modernization of the Philippine passport. He took charge of the transition phase, hurdling legal and technical challenges to ensure that every Filipino would have a passport at par with global standards.
The good Ambassador nurtured good relations with the Filipino community wherever he was posted. In fact, the Ople Center recalls a particular case concerning an OFW in Madagascar that we endorsed to Ambassador Lucenario in April 2012 when he headed our diplomatic post in Kenya. He acted with dispatch and compassion, much to the relief and gratitude of the OFW’s family.
We wish to convey our deepest sympathies to his bereaved family and to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the institution that bestowed him the opportunity to serve our country in a way that would not be easily forgotten.
Farewell, Ambassador Lucenario, and thank you for your service to the country.