About Fidel V. Ramos

At Present

Private Citizen; Chairman, Ramos Peace and Development (RPDEV) Foundation; Chairman, Boao Forum for Asia; Trustee, International Crisis Group (ICG); Member, Advisory Group, UN University for Peace; Honorary Director, General Douglas MacArthur Foundation; Founding Member, Policy Advisory Commission, World Intellectual Property Organization (PAC-WIPO); Honorary Member, World Commission on Water  for the 21st Century; Member, International Advisory Council, Asia House; Patron, Opportunity International (Philippines); Global Advisor, University of Winnipeg; Honorary Chairman, Yuchengco Center, De La Salle University; Member, Advisory Board, Metro Bank; Honorary President, Human Development Network (HDN) Philippines; Lifetime Honorary President, Christian Democrats International (CDI); Chairman Emeritus, Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) Party

FIDEL V. RAMOS, the 12TH PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES (1992-1998), is remembered for steadfastly promoting the principles of people empowerment and global competitiveness.  He quickly led the nation out of darkness in 1993, putting an end to the power crisis that crippled Filipino homes and industries for two years.  He pursued, focused and converged programs to fight poverty in accordance with the will of the Filipino people expressed by 229 structural/reform laws enacted by Congress during his term.

The Philippine economy recovered dramatically during the years 1993-1997.  Ramos vigorously implemented a comprehensive Social Reform Agenda (SRA) that addressed the long-standing problem of poverty:  jobs and livelihood, health, education and skills training, housing, environmental protection, children and the youth, the elderly and the handicapped, agrarian reform, and access to equal opportunity.  Gross National Product  averaged 5 percent annually.  Average income of the Filipino family grew more during his administration than in the preceding two decades.  He pushed for the deregulation of key industries and the liberalization of the economy.  He encouraged the privatization of public entities, to include the modernization of public infrastructure through an expanded Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law.  While communist insurgency dwindled to historic lows, he achieved a peace agreement with military rebels and the secessionist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for which he won for the Philippines the coveted 1997 UNESCO Peace Award -- the first for Asians.  FVR is known as the "Centennial" President, having planned and supervised the 100th Anniversary of the country's Declaration of Independence from Spain on 12 June 1998.

Ever the international diplomat, he continues to personally interact with many leaders around the world -- at no government expense.  On 12 April 2002, he was elected Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), based in Hainan and Beijing, China -- an intellectual resource center backed up by 26 countries to help integrate the vast Asian continent into a "One Asia" family, in step with the globalized economy and knowledge society of the 21st century.

FVR has received some 28 honorary doctorates, half of them from prestigious foreign educational institutions.  He also received the 2000 Distinguished Graduate Award from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his Alma Mater (Class of 1950).  He is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

 

EDUCATION

College:

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York, USA; Graduated 1950

(Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society)

(Distinguished Graduate Award, USMA, 2000)

 

Graduate School:

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

University of Illinois, USA; Graduated 1951

 

Passed the Civil Engineering Board Licensure Exams 

(Within the top 8) 1953

 

Master of National Security Administration

National Defense College of the Philippines; Graduated 1969

 

Master of Business Administration

Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines; Graduated 1980

 

Honorary Doctorate Degrees:

FOURTEEN (14) FROM FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES/INSTITUTES

FOURTEEN (14) FROM PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITIES

 

PUBLIC SERVICE

30 June 1992 to 30 June 1998

PRESIDENT, REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

 

1988 - 1991

SECRETARY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE, AND CONCURRENTLY CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL DISASTER COORDINATING COUNCIL

 

1986 - 1988

CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES

 

Feb 1986

MILITARY LEADER OF THE PEOPLE POWER (EDSA) REVOLUTION

 

1981 - 1986

VICE CHIEF OF STAFF, ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES, AND CONCURRENTLY ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF, AFP, Oct 84 to Dec 85

 

1975 - 1986

DIRECTOR- GENERAL, INTEGRATED NATIONAL POLICE (CONCURRENT)

 

1972 - 1986

CHIEF, PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY

 

1969 - 1970

J2/CHIEF, INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, AFP (CONCURRENT)

 

1966 - 1968

CHIEF OF STAFF, 1ST PHILIPPINE CIVIC ACTION GROUP TO VIETNAM (PHILCAG-V)

 

1962 - 1965

GROUP COMMANDER, 1ST SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (AIRBORNE), PHILIPPINE ARMY

 

1952

RECONAISSANCE PLATOON LEADER, 20TH BATTALION COMBAT TEAM, PHILIPPINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO KOREA (PEFTOK) 

 

1951 - 1952

INFANTRY PLATOON LEADER, 2ND BATTALION COMBAT TEAM, PHILIPPINE ARMY, COUNTER-INSURGENCY CAMPAIGN

 

MILITARY AWARDS

Distinguished Conduct Star for Gallanty in Action, Marawi, Lanao Sur, 1972

Philippine Legion of Honor (3 times)

Master Parachutist Badge (116 jumps)

And many other Philippine and Foreign Decorations

 

PERSONAL DATA

NAME:                  Fidel Valdez Ramos

ADDRESS:          120 Ma. Cristina St., Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa,  PHILIPPINES

BIRTH:                  18 MARCH 1928, LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN

CIVIL STATUS:    MARRIED to AMELITA JARA MARTINEZ (teacher and environmentalist)

CHILDREN:         5 DAUGHTERS - ANGELITA, JOSEPHINE, CAROLINA, CRISTINA,  GLORIA

FATHER:               NARCISO RAMOS (Lawyer, public servant, 5-term Congressman, Ambassador, Secretary of Foreign Affairs)(†)

MOTHER:              ANGELA VALDEZ (Public school teacher, university professor and civic leader) (†)

 

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

Physical fitness, golf, swimming, scuba diving, parachuting, chess, badminton, motorcycling, Three-Galloner Blood Donor of the Philippine National Red Cross