DOST 7 director dies at 54 after 3 weeks in hospital-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology (DOST) Central Visayas director Rene Burt Llanto passed away yesterday. He was 54.
Llanto, who had been DOST 7’s regional director since 1999, died after staying for two weeks at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City.
The cause of death was cardiac pulmonary arrest secondary to septic shock.
Maribeth Llanto-Cueva, Llanto’s younger sister, told Sun.Star Cebu that her brother had been admitted at the hospital last Oct. 13 after his legs had started to swell.
Three days later, Llanto was transferred to ICU after his blood pressure gradually went down.
After three weeks of staying at the ICU, Llanto succumbed to his ailment.
Cueva said she and her family couldn’t believe Llanto was gone.
She found it funny that her brother had passed away on All Saints Day.
“Wala gyu’y rason nga dili mi katambong sa iyang death anniversary (There will be no reason to miss his death anniversary),” Cueva joked.
For Llanto’s subordinates, the late regional director’s death had left a mark on them.
Yvette Hope Lapus, one of Llanto’s communication aides, said she was often with the Llanto in his trips to assist him in his work.
She said that Llanto was known as a “wise man” and was a good boss to his subordinates.
Llanto, a chemical engineer, entered government service in 1984.
Llanto was appointed by former DOST Secretary Filimon Uriarte as director of the agency’s Central Visayas office in 1999.
He replaced retired DOST 7 director Elena Diola.
Aside from being a DOST 7 director, he also served as an educator for the Center for International Education (CIE) and the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U), his alma mater.
Llanto, who was from Barangay Labangon, was the eldest of seven siblings.
Cueva said the family plans to bury Llanto in the Manila Memorial Cemetery in Liloan, Cebu.
Llanto’s remains lie in state in the St. Peter Funeral Homes in Barangay Imus, Cebu City.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.