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Former senator Heherson Alvarez has died Monday (April 20) due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). He was 80 years old.

Alvarez’s death was confirmed by his children, Xilca and Hexilon.

The former senator’s wife, Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, also contracted COVID-19 but has since recovered.

Born in Santiago, Isabela, Alvarez belonged to the first batch of senators elected after the People Power Revolution in 1986. After serving two terms in the Senate, he was elected representative of the 4th District of Isabela. He would later serve as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Climate Change Commission.

In the Senate, Alvarez was known as the principal author of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the law creating the Department of Energy.

As one of the champions of the environment in the House of Representatives, he was responsible for the enactment of the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park Act (RA 9215), the Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003), and the Clean Air Act (RA 8479).

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