MANILA - Former President Fidel V. Ramos on Friday launched a new book that gives readers a look at what the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV) has accomplished over the last 15 years.
"We must make this more than just birthing a book, but that we must show to our Filipino people, especially the millennials--these young people who are the hope of our motherland--what we tried to depict in the book: a better future that all Filipinos deserve to have," said Ramos during the launching held at the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewage System (MWSS) in Quezon City.
Titled "RPDEV@15: Our Continuing Voyage for Enduring Peace and Sustainable Development", it contains the legacy of the many activities of the foundation in pursuit of its mission and advocacies like good governance, environment, and lasting peace.
"As a foundation, we try to push some policies, some programs, some reforms upward and upward and upward until we reach that position of competence, of dignity, and even of admiration from the rest of the world," he said.
He lamented that the Philippines ranks 116th out of the 190 countries in the United Nations' assessment on human development or providing the basic needs of its citizens.
"We used to be on the upper half a little over 25 years ago," he said.
But Ramos said he is confident that "with our numbers, our talents, with our geopolitical position in the middle of the two super powers of the world," the Philippines can work its way up the top 20 or even higher with teamwork.
"We have shown it during three shining moments of Philippine Independence which has resulted from our constant struggle," he said.
The book was written by the family biographer of the Ramoses, Melandrew Velasco.
Meanwhile, MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco described the book as a "must-read legacy book for the past, present, future leaders in both government and private sectors, the academe, scholars, and students since it speaks volumes of good governance and best practices.