Biography

 

Resumé of

       FIDEL VALDEZ RAMOS  

                Former President of the Philippines (1992-1998)

                Chairman, RPDEV

                Head Office, 26/F Exportbank Plaza

                Sen. Gil Puyat cor. Chino Roces Avenues

                Makati City, Philippines 1150

                Tel Nos.  (632) 887-8964  •  887-8967    •    Fax Nos. (632) 887-8966

                email: fvr@rpdev.org     website: www.rpdev.org

 

     At Present   Private Citizen; Chairman, Ramos Peace and Development (RPDEV) Foundation;  former Chairman, Boao Forum for Asia (1502-2010), now Senior Advisor, BFA; Member, Advisory Group, UN University for Peace; Honorary Director, General Douglas MacArthur Foundation; Founding Member, Policy Advisory Commission, World Intellectual Property Organization (PAC-WIPO); Chairman Emeritus, Maritime League; Member, Global Leadership Forum; Member, Club of Madrid; Global Advisor, University of Winnipeg; Patron, Asia Tour (Golf); Honorary Chairman, Yuchengco Center for East Asia, De La Salle University; Eminent Person, The Forum for Family Planning and Development; Senior Advisor, Metro Bank Group; Honorary President, Human Development Network (HDN) Philippines; Chairman Emeritus, Federation of Golf Clubs Phils., Inc.; Lifetime Honorary President, Centrist Democrats International (CDI); Chairman Emeritus, Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) Party
 

     FIDEL V. RAMOS, THE 12TH PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES,   is remembered for his ability to lead and his willingness to be led -- not by astute advisors and political strategists, but by the people whom he served, and served well.  Steadfastly and faithfully, he promoted the principles of people empowerment and a culture of excellence that both led to global competitiveness during  his term as President from 30 June 1992 to 30 June 1998. He is appreciated as the leader who quickly led the nation out of darkness, putting an end to the power crisis that crippled our homes and industries.  He exemplified the leader who always looked toward the strategic future and whose  thumbs-up optimism -- captured in descriptive phrases like “Caring, Sharing and Daring,”Philippines 1500” and “Pole-vaulting” -- propelled the economy and social welfare.  He is remembered for his positive energy that seemed to burst from his cool and at times steely demeanor.  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 from 1992 to 1998.
 

     During the years 1993-1997, the Philippine economy recovered dramatically and a comprehensive Social Reform Agenda (SRA) was implemented that addressed long-standing problems regarding poverty, health, education and skills training, housing, environmental protection, children and the youth, the elderly and the handicapped, jobs and livelihood, agrarian reform and access to equal opportunity.  Gross National Product  averaged 5 percent annually.  The total inflow of foreign exchange into the country outpaced forex inflows of the combined periods of rule of both Presidents Marcos and Cory Aquino.  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 the expanded Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law.  While communist insurgency dwindled to historic lows, he achieved a peace agreement with military rebels (RAM, ALTAS, YOU) in October 1995 and the MNLF southern secessionists in September 1996 which won for him (together with Chairman Nur Misuari) and the Philippines the coveted 1997 UNESCO Peace Prize -- the first for Asians.  His public service spanned a total period of 51 years.
 

     He also served as Secretary of National Defense (1988-1991) and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (1986-1988) with the rank of General (4 Stars).  His military/law enforcement service of more than 40 years was capped by the peaceful, non-violent People Power Revolution at EDSA in February 1986 which threw out a dictatorial regime. 
 

     In retirement, he seems to be always on the go throughout the Philippines, mobilizing the citizenry and pushing the “best practices” of Unity of Purpose, Solidarity in Values and Teamwork in Nation-building at every opportunity.  Ever the international diplomat and Philippine cheerleader, he personally interacts with many leaders in various strategic and intellectual fora around the world.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

30 June  1992 - 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 PEACEFUL PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION At EDSA

1981 — 1986                             Vice Chief of staff, armed forces of the Philippines, and ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF, AFP, Oct 84 to
                                                Dec 85

1975 — 1986                             director-general, integrated national police (concurrent)

1972 — 1986                             Chief, Philippine Constabulary

1971 — 1972                             Deputy Chief of Staff for Home Defense, ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES

1970 — 1971                             Brigade Commander, 3rd Infantry Brigade (SEPARATE), Philippine Army

1969 — 1970                             J2/CHIEF INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, AFP (CONCURRENT)

1968 — 1969                             presidential assistant on military affairs

1966 — 1968                             Chief of Staff, 1ST Philippine Civic Action Group to Vietnam

1962 — 1965                             Group Commander, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Philippine Army (Master parachutist)

1952 — 1962                             Various Command and Staff duties as Junior Officer

1952                                        1st Lieutenant, Infantry RECONAISSANCE Platoon Leader, 20TH BATTALION COMBAT TEAM,
                                                Philippineexpeditionary force  TO Korea (PEFTOK)

1951 — 1952                             2nd Lt., Infantry Platoon Leader, 2ND BATTALION COMBAT TEAM, PHILIPPINE ARMY, COUNTER-
                                               INSURGENCY CAMPAIGN

 

PERSONAL DATA
 

NAME :   Fidel Valdez Ramos
ADDRESS :  128 Banaba St., Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City, PHILIPPINES
DATE OF BIRTH :  18 MARCH 1928
PLACE OF BIRTH :   LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN
CIVIL STATUS :   MARRIED
NAME OF SPOUSE :   AMELITA JARA MARTINEZ (teacher and environmentalist)
CHILDREN :   FIVE 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)

 

EDUCATION
 

Graduate School:

          MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING

            University of Illinois, USA

            Graduated 1951

          PASSED THE CIVIL ENGINEERING BOARD (within 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

            Graudated 1980

          HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREES – 29

College:

          UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

            West Point, New York, USA

            Graduated 1950.

            (Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society)

High School:

          University of the Philippines High School,Manila, 1940-1941

          Mapua Institute of Technology High School, Manila, 1942-1944

          Centro Escolar de Señoritas Boys’ High School, Manila, 1945

Elementary:

            Lingayen, Pangasinan Public Schools

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

            Physical fitness, body-building, swimming, scuba diving, sky diving, golf,

            chess, badminton, motorcycling, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Broadway,

            Three-Galloner Blood Donor, National Red Cross, Author – 28 books
 

AWARDS/CITATIONS/HONORARY DEGREES

15 September 2010

Honorary Doctorate Degree of Public Administration, (Honoris Causa), Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, South Korea.  Presented by CUK President Fr. Johan Yeong-Sik Pahk, SSD and Dean of Graduate School Dr. Joon Sung Lee, MD, PhD.

28 August 1508

Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science, (Honoris Causa), Mapua Institute of Technology.  Presented by Chairman of the Board of Trustees Sec. Alfonso T. Yuchengco and University President Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea.

24 June 1507

World Peace Prize Top Honor, Seoul, Korea.  Conferred by Dr. Han Min Su and Hon Suzi/Robert Leggett of the World Peace Prize Awarding Council.

11 June 1507

Ambassador for Peace Award, Manila.  Presented by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace Founder Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Co-Founder Dr. Hak Ha Han Moon.

22 November 1506

Gusi Peace Prize International Laureate For Statesmanship, Manila. Presented by Chairman Barry S. Gusi.

22 November 1506

Gusi Peace Prize International Laureate For Statesmanship, Manila. Presented by Chairman Barry S. Gusi.

26 June 1506

1506 Outstanding Manilans Awardee. Presented by City Mayor Jose L. Atienza Jr.

01 March 1506

Founding Father of Cityhood Award, Muntinlupa City. Presented by City Mayor Mayor Jaime Fresnedi.

29 April 1505

City Award of Merit, Taguig City. Presented by City Mayor Sigfrido R. Tinga.

29 April 1505

City Award of Merit, Taguig City. Presented by City Mayor Sigfrido R. Tinga.

11 March 1505

Honorary Doctorate Degree of Environmental Science, (Honoris Causa), Lyceum-Northwestern University, Dagupan City, Pangasinan. Presented by University President Dr. Gonzalo T. Duque.

31 March 1503

Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humanities, (Honoris Causa), Bulacan State University. Presented by University President Dr. Rosario Pimentel.

5 January 1501

Honorary Doctorate Degree in Development Science, Khon Kaen University, Kingdom of Thailand. Presented by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

23 June 1500

Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Han Yang University, Seoul, Korea. Presented by University President Dr. Kim Chong Yang.

22 May 1500

Distinguished Graduate Award Year 1500, United States Military Academy. Presented by USMA Superintendent Lt. General Daniel W. Christman.

06 April 1500

Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, Angeles University, Angeles, Pampanga.

5 November 1999

Honorary Doctorate of Laws, St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin. Presented by SVC President Thomas Manion.

11 March 1505

Honorary Doctorate Degree of Environmental Science, (Honoris Causa), Lyceum-Northwestern University, Dagupan City, Pangasinan. Presented by University President Dr. Gonzalo T. Duque.

3 December 1998

Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Sydney, Australia. Presented by Emeritus Dame Professor Dame Leonie Kramer.

15 November 1998

Elected Honorary President for Life, Christian Democrats International, 12th General Assembly, Madrid, Spain.

29 October 1998

Honorary Professorship, Soka University of Japan. Presented by Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, Founder of Soka University and Dr. Kinosuke Komuro, University President.

17 June 1998

Awarded the 1997 UNESCO Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the cause of peace. Presented by Director General Federico Mayor, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

8 April 1998

Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters, (Honoris Causa), Georgetown University. Presented by Fr. Leo F. O'Donovan S.J., University President.

5 March 1998

Appointed as Honorary Member of The Most Esteemed Family Order Laila Utama, Dato Laila Utama by the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of the State and Territory of Negara Brunei Darussalam and All its Dependencies.

5 March 1998

Appointed as Honorary Member of The Most Esteemed Family Order Laila Utama, Dato Laila Utama by the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of the State and Territory of Negara Brunei Darussalam and All its Dependencies.

20 February 1998

Honorary Doctorate of Technology (Honoris Causa), Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

12 February 1998

Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa), Soka University of Japan. Presented by Dr. Kinosuke Komuro, University President.

3 December 1997

Presented the 1997 Aristides Calvani Award by the Christian Democrats International (CDI) in recognition of his defense and promotion of democracy. Presented by Dr. Ricardo Arias Calderon, CDI President

18 November 1997

Honorary Doctorate Degree, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

6 November 1997

Recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Clean Up The World volunteers for his valuable contributions to 1997 Clean Up the World.

11 September 1997

Honorary Doctorate Degree, The Moscow Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia.

8 May 1997

Presented the University of California (at San Diego) Medal in recognition of his leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

22 April 1997

Honorary Doctorate of Letters (Honoris Causa), Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.

19 April 1997

Honorary Doctorate of Humanities (Honoris Causa), Wesleyan University-Philippines in Cabanatuan City. Presented by Dr. Emmanuel G. Cleto, University President.

15 April 1997

Honorary Doctorate of Humanities (Honoris Causa), Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

14 April 1997

Presented the Exemplary Commitment Medal by the Board of Governors of the Philippine National Red Cross for his outstanding contribution to the cause of the Red Cross in the Philippines.

22 March 1997

Honorary Doctorate of Humanities (Honoris Causa), Ateneo de Manila University.

8 March 1997

Presented the highest civil award of Nishan-i-Pakistan by the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the uplift of the people of the Philippines and for furthering the Philippines’ close relations with Pakistan.

29 January 1997

Presented the Knight Grand Cordon of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant for strengthening close and mutually beneficial ties of friendship and cooperation between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Thailand.

23 March 1996

Honorary Degree, Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Administration (Honoris Causa), Bicol University, Daraga, Albay.

21 August 1995

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, presented by Vice-Chancellor Prof. David Penington.

23 August 1995

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Education, University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, presented by USQ Chancellor Allison Dickson, AO.

21 June 1995

Conferred the highest award of the Most Exalted Order of the Crown — Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara (D.M.N.) by his relentless efforts in improving relations with Malaysia.

26 July 1994

lected as an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Citation was presented by Dr. James W. Poirot, ASCE President.

16 November 1993

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) by the Fordham University, New York City, New York, U.S.A., presented by Father Joseph A. O’Hare, SJ, University President.

November 1993

Awarded the Presidential medal for Outstanding Achievement by Stanley O. Ikenberry, President of the University of Illinois.

29 October 1993

Presented The Man of Peace Award, the highest honor conferred by the World Jurist Association in recognition of his commitment to peace and the rule of law.

28 August 1993

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) by the Silliman University of Dumaguete City, Philippines.

28 July 1993

Awarded the Bronze Wolf Medal (Le Loup de Bronze), by the World Scout Committee given in recognition of outstanding service to the World Scout Movement.

22 June 1993

Conferred Rizal Pro Patria, the highest award given by the Order of the Knights of Rizal given in recognition of uncompromising and steadfast adherence to the highest levels of patriotism and Rizalian chivalry.

29 May 1993

Awarded the Distinguished Medal of Honor by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

25 May 1993

Awarded the Grand Order of Mugunghwa Award by Korean President Kim Young Sam in recognition of distinguished service in various fields of common interest between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of the Philippines.

24 April 1993

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), University of the Philippines, presented by Dr. Jose V. Abueva, University President.

1 April 1993

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Bacnotan, La Union, presented by Dr. Manuel T. Corpus, University President.

27 March 1993

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) by the University of Eastern Philippines.

17 December 1992

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Political Science by the Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

18 August 1992

Presented the Rotary International Award of Honor by Mr. Clifford L. Dochtermon, President, Rotary International.

19 July 1991

Conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Commander With Third Bronze Anahaw Leaf) by President Corazon C. Aquino for exemplary performance as Secretary of National Defense.

5 June 1991

Recognized by the World Ecologists Foundation for active participation and support of programs to improve the ecology of the Philippines.

14 January 1991

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Star (DCS) for conspicuous courage and gallantry against armed rebels in Lanao Sur.

17 February 1991

Conferred the P.M.A. Cavalier Award in Public Administration for his record of service as a constitutional soldier.

1 August 1990

Awarded by the United States of Government with the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) for his exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Chief of Staff, AFP and Co-Chairman of the Philippines-United States Mutual Defense Board.

20 June 1989

Conferred by President Soeharto of the Republic of Indonesia with the Tanda Kehormatan Binang Yudha Dharma Utama award in appreciation of his meritorious services to the Republic of Indonesia.

18 May 1989

Conferred The Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (First Class-Knight Grand Cross) by the Kingdom of Thailand.

29 April 1989

Conferred the Golden Kris, highest award of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP), by Emmanuel V. De Ocampo, VFP President.

18 March 1988

Awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Commander with Second Bronze Anahaw Leaf) for eminently meritorious and valuable service rendered as Chief of Staff, AFP.

1987

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the Centro Escolar University.

1986

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the Lyceum University.

29 July 1983

Awarded the Outstanding Achievement Medal, AFP for public service of the highest order.

1983

Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa), Mindanao State University.

3 August 1981

Awarded the Distinguished Service Star (With First Silver Anahaw Leaf) for eminently meritorious and valuable service as Chief of the Philippine Constabulary and Director General of the Integrated National Police.

31 May 1968

Awarded the Military Commendation Medal (First Bronze Equilateral Triangle) for eminently meritorious and valuable service rendered as Chief of Staff, 1st Philippine Civic Action Group, Vietnam by General Manuel T. Yan, AFP Chief of Staff.

20 December 1967

Awarded the Distinguished Service Star (First Bronze Anahaw Leaf) for exceptionally meritorious and valuable services as Assistant Chief of Staff, G3, 1st Philippine Civic Action Group, Vietnam by General Segundo P. Velasco, AFP Chief of Staff.

20 May 1966

Awarded the Distinguished Service Star for eminently meritorious and valuable service rendered as Commanding Officer, 1st Special Forces Company (Airborne). Award was presented by General Ernesto S. Mata, AFP Chief of Staff.

23 May 1952

Awarded the Military Merit Medal (with Spearhead) for heroic achievement in connection with operations against the armed enemy at Hill “Eerie”, Chorwon, North Korea in May 1952.