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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

01 August 2022 07:10:26 PM

THE House of Representatives on Monday adopted a resolution expressing
its sympathy and profound condolences on the demise of former
President Fidel Valdez Ramos.

House Resolution (HR) No. 120 was filed by Speaker Martin
G. Romualdez, House Majority Leader and Zamboanga City Rep. Manuel
Jose "Mannix" M. Dalipe, House Minority Leader and 4Ps party-list Rep.
Marcelino Libanan, and senior Deputy Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte
Rep. Ferdinand Alexander A. Marcos.

HR 120 extended the profound condolences of lawmakers to the family of
Mr. Ramos and cited the late President’s accomplishments as the
country’s 12th President.

“President Ramos considered the presidency as both an honor and a
privilege and believed it as a ‘matter of destiny’ to give the people
a ‘better quality of life by building on the grains of democracy’” the
resolution said.

Former President Ramos is survived by his wife, former First Lady
Amelita “Ming” Ramos; and daughters, Angelita Ramos-Jones, Carolina
Ramos-Sembrano, Cristina Ramos-Jalasco, and Gloria Ramos.

The resolution said Mr. Ramos was a steadfast leader and the
Chairperson Emeritus of Lakas-CMD, the party he founded in 1991
wherein Speaker Romualdez currently serves as the party’s President,
together with Vice President Sara Zimmerman Duterte, as the
Chairperson of the party.

“Despite the many challenges his administration faced, former
President Ramos remained committed in his duty to serve the country
and inspired unity among the Filipino people with his usual famous
quip, “Kaya ba natin ito? Kayang-kaya basta tayo ay sama-sama!. A
pillar of strength, and a true statesman, the demise of former
President Fidel Valdez Ramos is a huge loss to the whole country, and
he will always be remembered as one of the great leaders who took good
governance to heart,” the resolution said.

“The resolute vision of former President Ramos paved the way for real
economic gains that renewed the confidence of the investors in the
country and brought the Philippines to a building tiger economy
status, seeing robust economic growth, exceptional political stability
and peace agreements with government separatists,” the resolution

“Former President Ramos also addressed the water and electricity
crisis by privatizing the water industry and reorganizing the state
power company, and authorizing the creation of new power plants, which
resulted in a more efficient and stable supply of water,” the
resolution said.
Former President Ramos was an engineer by profession who received his
elementary education in a public school in Lingayen, Pangasinan;
completed his high school education at the Centro Escolar University
Integrated School; obtained his Civil Engineering degree at the
National University in Manila; ranked 8thin the Civil Engineering
board examinations in 1953; earned his Bachelor of Science in Military
Engineering degree from the United States Military Academy in West
Point, New York; attained master's degrees in Civil Engineering at the
University of Illinois, National Security Administration from the
National Defense College of the Philippines, and Business
Administration from Ateneo de Manila University; andwas conferred 29
honorary doctorate degrees;

A military man who rose from the ranks, the resolution said former
President Ramos served as the chief of the Philippine Constabulary and
vice chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the
time of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos; Chief-of-Staff of the
Armed Forces of the Philippines and Secretary of Defense under the
administration of former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino; and
founded the Philippine Army's Special Forces and the Philippine
National Police Special Action Force.

“Former President Ramos received several military awards including the
Philippine Legion of Honor (March 18, 1988, and July 19, 1991);
Distinguished Conduct Star (1991); U.S. Military Academy Distinguished
Graduate Award and Legion of Merit (August 1, 1990); Distinguished
Service Star(May 20, 1966, December 20, 1967, and August 3, 1981);
Philippine Military Merit Medal (May 23, 1952); and the French Legion
of Honor,” the resolution said.

On June 30, 1992, Mr. Ramos was elected as the 12th President of the
Republic of the Philippines, and during his administration, he began
implementing economic reforms intended to open up the once-closed
national economy, encouraged private enterprise, invited more foreign
and domestic investments, and reduced corruption.

Under his leadership, Mr. Ramos spearheaded the strategic framework
for socio-economic development known as the “Philippines 2000” which
envisioned the Philippines attaining the status of a newly
industrialized country by the year 2000, citing a five-point program
that included peace and stability; economic growth and sustainable
development; energy and power generation; environmental protection;
and streamlined bureaucracy;

“Former President Ramos issued numerous notable executive orders,
including Executive Order No 152, Series of 1994 – “Providing for the
Creation of the National Program for Unification and Development
Council (NPUDC) and for other Purposes;” Executive Order No. 130,
Series of 1993 – “Instituting The Balik Scientist Program Under The
Department Of Science And Technology;”Executive Order No. 125, Series
of 1993 – “Defining The Approach And Administrative Structure For
Government’s Comprehensive Peace Efforts;”Executive Order No. 15,
Series of 1992 – “Creating A Philippine Council For Sustainable
Development;”Executive Order No. 19, Series of 1992 – “Constituting
The National Unification Commission, Prescribing Its Authority And
Functions And For Other Purposes;”Executive Order No. 12, Series of
1992 – “Providing For The Creation Of The Presidential Commission To
Fight Poverty;” Executive Order No. 6, Series of 1992 - “Providing
For The Creation Of The Presidential Council For Countryside
Development;” Executive Order No. 3, Series of 1992 – “Creating A
Presidential Anti-Crime Commission To Identify And Cause The
Investigation And Prosecution Of Criminal Elements In The Country,” it