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Cebu News

Ramos’ dedication worthy of emulation

Gregg M. Rubio - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu Provincial Board has passed a resolution expressing condolences and sympathy to the family of former President Fidel V. Ramos who died last week.

Sponsored by Board Member Glenn Anthony Soco, the resolution was passed on August 1 during the opening of the month-long celebration of the Province of Cebu’s 453rd Founding Anniversary.

“This body conveys their deepest condolences and sympathies to the grieving family he had left, while the rest of Cebu joins the country in remembering the works and contributions he had made to the whole country,” stated the resolution.

It was Ramos who signed Republic Act 7698 declaring August 6 of every year as a special non-working public holiday for the Province of Cebu in celebration of its Foundation Day.

Ramos, the 12th President of the Philippines, died on July 31, 2022 at the age of 94.

His administration was characterized by aggressive technological development, significant economic progress and strong international relations.

It was during his presidency when economic reforms aimed at opening up the national economy, encouraging private enterprises and investments and increasing confidence f for foreign and domestic investments were made.

Ramos led the Philippines in hosting the 4th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader’s Summit. The Philippine Stock Exchange, during his term, was one of the best in the world that led to the country being dubbed as the “Tiger Cub Economy in Asia” in the 1990s.

“With his death, the country mourns after having lost a statesman and a man who lived a full life in the military and in public service,” the resolution said.

It was also during Ramos’ term that the peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was signed.

The PB resolution said the accomplishments of Ramos’ administration are still enjoyed by the Filipino people.

“With a life well-lived in service to his fellowmen, the former Commander-in- Chief’s life is meant to be celebrated. Despite the loss that the country is facing, the legacy that the former President left for the Philippines shall forever live. His dedication for public service is worthy of emulation,” the resolution added.

Among the highlights in yesterday’s program at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall was the announcement of Governor Gwendolyn Garcia giving anniversary incentives to Capitol employees.

Though Garcia did not state the amount, she said the provincial government will allot, through a supplementary budget, a “substantial” amount as an anniversary incentive for the Province’s regular, casual, and job order employees.

Garcia said she would meet with the PB members next week to discuss the supplemental budget which she said she would certify as urgent. /LPM (FREEMAN)

FIDEL V. RAMOS

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