Online Presidential Library launched

In recognition of the legacy of former President Fidel V. Ramos, the National Museum of the Philippines launched the country’s first online Presidential Library over the weekend which will have a repository of resources detailing the former president’s private and public life.

“As we gather in this historic hall to commemorate his 95th birthday anniversary, and witness the launch of a pioneering project which he started in 2016, I believe that he is with us in spirit, beaming with pride and joy watching our friends, partners, and family in lively and meaningful conversation,” former first lady and Ramos’ wife Amelita Ramos said during the launch at the NMP building in Manila.

Ramos’ former Finance secretary and current chair of the FVR Legacy Project, Roberto de Ocampo, said that the website is a “living document” that will continue to be true to Ramos’ life.

De Ocampo said the FVR Presidential Library is a first of its kind in the country and takes place among its international counterparts of former heads of state.

National Museum director general Jeremy Barns, meantime, mentioned Ramos was crucial in developing the museum into what it is now.

“On 12 February 1998, President Ramos approved Republic Act 8492, the ‘National Museum Act of 1998’ in a ceremonial signing at Malacañang, giving the National Museum a special law that served as its charter, established a board of trustees and granted broad powers as well laid down an ambitious road map in support of its mandate, duties and functions as well as an institution of education, culture and science,” Barns said.

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