SOUTH ORANGE (NJ) — Former President Fidel V. Ramos will be at the Seton Hall University on October 5, 2011 to address students, faculty, and the community on security in the Asia Pacific region. This will take place in the Chancellor’s Suite of the University Center at 1 p.m.
President Ramos succeeded Cory Aquino as President from June 1992 to June 1998. During his tenure, he promoted the principles of people empowerment and global competitiveness. The Philippine economy recovered dramatically and a comprehensive social reform agenda was implemented. In addition, as President, he focused and converged on programs to fight poverty in accordance with the will of the Filipino people expressed by 229 reform laws enacted by Congress.
He also achieved a peace agreement with military rebels and the MNLF southern secessionists which won for him and the Philippines the coveted 1997 UNESCO Peace Prize — the first for an Asian nation.
He also served as secretary of national defense and chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the rank of General.
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). 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).
The event is open to the public. They may contact Justin Fahey at 973-378-2695, email firstname.lastname@example.org by October 3 so proper accomodations can be made.