Edward S. Hagedorn, Palawan 3rd District congressman and former mayor of Puerto Princesa, died on Tuesday, nine days before his 77th birthday on Oct. 12.
His death was officially announced by his family on his Facebook page.
“With heavy hearts, we inform you of the passing of a beloved friend, brother, husband, father, and public servant, Edward Solon Hagedorn. Our dear Congressman died peacefully on October 3rd, 2023, after 76 years of shining his light into the world,” the family said in a statement.
Hagedorm was known for his accomplishments in the fields of environmental conservation and tourism during his public service career.
During his entire service as a mayor, Puerto Princesa earned a reputation for excellence as an eco-tourism destination and a model for environmental protection worldwide.
“Cong. Ed’s life speaks volumes, particularly in his role as a champion for the environment, tourism, agriculture, and peace and order. His efforts created inclusive spaces for the community and inspired a collective desire for change. It’s hard not to be infected by his energy and laughter, which he freely shares with everyone he encounters,” the statement added.
Hagedorn publicly revealed his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer during the flag ceremony at City Hall on Feb. 27 this year.
Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron took to social media to express sadness over the passing of Hagedorn.
“Today is a very sad day for Puerto Princesa City because former Mayor & Congressman Ed Hagedorn passed away at 4:09 AM on October 3, 2023. Cong. Ed was the mayor from July 1, 1992, to June 30, 2013,” Bayron said.