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In Memoriam of FVR’s legacy

The former president Fidel V. Ramos passed away on Sunday at the age of 94. In tributes to his legacy, lawmakers published comments on Sunday calling him a “visionary” in public service and a “genuine idol” of Philippine democracy.

Ramos was “brave in battle, diligent at work, visionary in public service, and helpful to his fellowmen,” according to Deputy Speaker Ralph Recto.

“From the Korean War trenches to the hallways of Malacanang, he was the Steady Eddie who inspired others by setting an infectious and motivating example. He was brave in deeds and courageous in thought, whether it was on the battlefield or in the bureaucracy, “said Recto.

Recto claimed that the former president was motivated by a “Protestant-Ilocano-West Point work ethic” that had him accustomed to “waking before dawn and toiling ’til midnight,” noting that he was the first employee in and the last employee out of the office.

Recto remembered that Ramos took office in 1992 at a period when the nation was still recovering from the destruction caused by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and the Baguio earthquake, when “protected interests stifled competition and denigrated public service,” and when “civil turmoil set back growth.”

“When you opened the faucets in numerous areas, there was no water. You tried to board a plane, but none were available. When you pick up the phone, a busy signal appears. There was no power when you turned on the lights “explained he.

Ramos, according to him, put a stop to the “people’s anguish” by removing the safeguards that “infantilized” businesses, improved productivity by fostering competition, and leveled the playing field.

The most remarkable thing about him, according to Recto, is that despite having military training and being skilled in the art of war, he was a steadfast peacemaker who used diplomacy to negotiate peace agreements with rebel troops.

Ramos was recalled by PBA party-list Representative Margarita Nograles as a “genuine icon” of Philippine democracy and the “primary mover” of various reforms that laid the groundwork for the nation’s national policy.

Nograles specifically referred to the Ramos administration’s Build-Operate-Transfer law, sometimes known as Public-Private Partnership.

She called it a “game-changing” policy that allowed the government to pursue expensive initiatives that would benefit Filipinos.

The former president Fidel V. Ramos’ family and all of his loved ones have my sincere sympathies, stated Nograles. “President FVR, rest in peace. Please give my Papa “Boy Nogie” a warm welcome in heaven.”

Rep. Joey Salceda of Albay claimed that Ramos had an instinctual understanding of the intricate dynamics of the economy and that he was the most systematic and steady politician.

The foundation of investor trust that has since enabled the nation to build its economy for decades would not have been possible without FVR, according to the statement. Ramos was comparable to economic reform. The Ramos name was synonymous with serious government. Business recognized his seriousness, according to Salceda.

Salceda emphasized that without Ramos’ reforms, the nation would not have recovered as quickly from the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.

Salceda continued, “Ramos’ death marked the end of an era, adding that the former executive helped shape the country’s contemporary history.”

“We who were taught by and collaborated with him are left to reflect on his legacy and continue his task of nation-building. May we keep working and may he get some rest, “added Salceda.

Rep. Jocelyn Tulfo of the ACT-CIS party list contrasted this with her assertion that Ramos’ “decisive and extraordinary leadership” helped the nation to regain economic growth and stability and opened the ground for technical advancements.

“His invaluable service and contributions to the nation will always be remembered, and the Filipino people and the entire country will grieve his departure. Fidel Valdez Ramos bids you farewell and thanks you, Pangulong (in English) “said Tulfo.

Elpidio Barzaga of Cavite claimed that the “heart” of Ramos’ administration is coalition-building.

“We lost a fantastic leader. My sincere sympathy and condolences go out to the family of former President Fidel V. Ramos “said he.

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