By Nova Veraley V. Grafe
THE PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY section will be launched on the first floor of the Silliman University (SU) Main Library.
University Librarian Lorna Yso said that the university administration has ordered them to move the Cyber Library to the third floor as they prepare the ground floor for the construction of the new section. The latter will be filled with the archives of former President Fidel V. Ramos.
Yso said that the university chose FVR’s collection for the new section because he was the first President awarded with an Honorary degree by SU.
In the Sept 8, 1993 issue of the Weekly Sillimanian, then SU Acting President, Dr. Betty C. Abregana, presented the award to Ramos in recognition for being the first protestant president of the Philippines and “for having distinguished himself in the area of public service.”
Abregana recognized FVR’s efforts which included “the launching of peace initiatives for the restoration of public order, for promoting international relations, for fostering harmony and cooperation among Asian neighbors, for instituting trade missions and investment consortiums, for promoting growth and sustenance in health and environment programs, and for his devoted work in support of church affairs on both local and national levels.”
Former President Ramos is the youngest SU alumnus granted with the said award.
Details on the launching will be announced as soon as the plans are polished by the administration.