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Melchor Corpuz Mandac was one of the Filipino volunteers in the UAE.

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Filipino volunteer dies of Covid-19 in UAE

 

DUBAI – A Filipino volunteer who worked with social organisations and the Dubai Police to assist Filipinos in distress in Dubai died of Covid-19 on Tuesday (May 12), colleagues confirmed to Expatmedia.net.

Melchor Corpuz Mandac, 48, died in the hospital on Tuesday, two weeks after experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, said Roy (full name withheld), officer and colleague in a Dubai-based non-government organization.

Roy said Mandac’s family in Isabela province in the Philippines has been informed of his death. The body will be cremated according to Dubai rules for coronavirus deaths.

Roy said Mandac was admitted to a hospital in Dubai on Monday, weeks after experiencing symptoms of coronavirus.

“He complained of having cough, fever and muscle pain for weeks, but didn’t think much of it until he had trouble breathing and had to be admitted to the hospital on Monday,” Roy told Expatmedia.net.

Mandac, who worked as a mechanic in Dubai, was a “passionate” social volunteer on his free time.

“He was one of the pillars of the organization and never said no when it came to helping Filipinos in need. He was always ready to assist the Philippine missions here,” Roy said.

Mandac last spent his time distributing food packs for distressed Filipinos in the emirate and helping self-isolating Filipinos reach authorities in case they needed medical attention.

“I urge anyone who experiences Covid-19 symptoms to visit their nearest hospital right away,” Roy advised.

Meanwhile, Ericson Reyes, president of Filipino Social Club in Dubai, sent his condolences following Mandac’s death.

Mandac was one of the volunteers that Reyes’ Filipino Social Club could count on for the group’s community outreach.

“Melchor was selfless in his dedication to helping our community here in the UAE. He really put his heart into public service. I am sure a lot of people will miss him,” Reyes told Expatmedia.net.

“We are deeply saddened about the loss of brother Melchor Corpuz Mandac, one of our Filipino frontliners… Know that we are remembering and honoring him,” according to a statement from the Filipino Social Club. PIA/Expat Media

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