Ramon Magsaysay Jr.
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Former Senator Ramon Banzon Magsaysay, Jr. inherited his great sense of compassion for the common tao from his revered parents, the late President Ramon del Fierro Magsaysay of Zambales and Mrs. Luz Banzon-Magsaysay of Bataan.
With President Magsaysay’s sudden death on March 17, 1957, 18-year-old Jun inherited greater responsibilities that enabled him to recognize the value of perseverance and hard work. He is a self-made man.
“…Those who have less in life should have more in law,” the said grassroots slogan was the hallmark of the Magsaysay administration. That same statement Jun Magsaysay put to heart as he believes that to implement genuine public service, it has to be oriented towards bravely fighting for people’s rights to achieve a humane and moral leadership. He has shown interest in pursuing issues that manifest his sense of concern for the greatest number of people and strong belief for moral principles. The same can be gleaned in the laws he authored in the Senate, projects and programs initiated and his public advocacies.
He has pushed the crusade for an honest, efficient, responsive and open government.
PERSONAL INFORMATION AND ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS:
Birthdate: June 5, 1938
Spouse: Marie Louise Kahn-Magsaysay
Children: Margarita D. Magsaysay and Francisco D. Magsaysay
Post-graduate: New York University Graduate School of
Business Administration (1963-1964)
Harvard Business School
Boston, Massachusetts (1962-1963)
College: De La Salle College (1956-1961), B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Secondary: De La Salle College (1952-1956)
Elementary: De La Salle College (1947-1952)
Senator, Republic of the Philippines (1995-2007)
In the Senate, chaired the Committees on Agriculture and Food (2004-2007); National Defense and Security (2001-2004); Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies (2001-2004); Science and Technology (2001-2007); Economic Affairs (1995-2001); Tourism (1995-2001) and Cooperatives (1995-2001)
Congressman, House of Representatives, 1965-1969 (one term, as the youngest Member of Congress at that time, Liberal Party)
1. ACHIEVEMENTS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY
a) Initiated an Off-Base Housing Program for Filipino Soldiers
As Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, he initiated the creation of off-base housing facilities for Filipino soldiers. Recognizing that a great number of those belonging in the rank and file of the Philippine military are homeless and are renting apartments, he requested the then President to consider declaring idle lands in camps and military lands as habitable areas for a massive housing program for AFP personnel. In the 2003 General Appropriations Act, the amount of Php 120 million was included by the DND-AFP and a counterpart fund of Senator Magsaysay’s PDAF were programmed for off-base housing facilities.
b) The New AFP Base Pay Law (RA 9166)
- Makes soldiers’ salaries at par with the rest of the bureaucracy
- Mandates priority to be accorded to members of the soldiers’ families in areas like government scholarships, trainings and similar benefits
- Provides for the development of off-base housing facilities for the AFP.
c) The New AFP Table of Organization Law (RA 9188)
- Further professionalizes the AFP by increasing the number of generals
- Mandates priority promotion to on-the-field soldiers
d) National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001 (RA 9163)
- Mandates the ROTC program be made optional and voluntary, allowing students to choose among civic duties, livelihood training and tutoring endeavors
- Students who would opt to continue training as soldiers should be accorded allowance and scholarship grants
e) Initiated reforms in the Armed Forces of the Philippines by submitting to the Senate a detailed Committee Report on the Basilan Siege
- The Senate Committee on National Defense and Security in 2003 submitted its Committee Report on the Basilan Siege, detailing national reforms needed for the AFP. In the same report, while he believed that the Filipino soldiers should be accorded the highest recognition by anchoring laws which would further professionalize their ranks by increasing militia’s base pay, providing them and their families scholarships and housing assistance, and upgrading the table of the AFP organization and improving the chain of command, he also would not tolerate abuses and violations of the basic rights of the civilians.
2. ACHIEVEMENTS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
a) Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (RA 8435) and its subsequent Amendment
- The AFMA is the most comprehensive statute on the development of Philippine agriculture. Senator Magsaysay introduced the concept of strategic agricultural zones for the farmers and cooperatives to harness their agricultural activities. He also initiated the provision on model farms, which gives landowners the option to enter into management contracts with corporate entities for high-end quality production through up-to-date technology.
- In 2005, Senator Magsaysay was instrumental in the amendment increasing the budgetary allocation for the DA, to substantially help and assist Filipino farmers and farm workers.
b) The Young Farmers Program
- Addressing the problem of non-interest of Filipino youth to engage in agriculture sector (the average age of Filipino farmer is 67 years old), Senator Magsaysay introduced the Young Farmers Program. It is a national program where young Filipinos are encouraged to venture in agri-related business. Under the program, students and self-starting young entrepreneurs can commercialize their agricultural research and encourage the youth to invest in agricultural and fisheries programs. Even after his term, in partnership with Ayala Foundation, Senator Magsaysay continued the program.
c) The Inquiry on the Fertilizer Fund Scam
- In 2006, it was the bravest front for the Philippine Senate, when the Magsaysay committee submitted its conclusions and findings on the Bolante-Fertilizer Fund scam. The Magsaysay committee conducted hearings and continued its work even if the then administration has issued EO 464 and other issuances geared towards discouraging and attempted to silence Congress to perform its mandated legislative function. Consistently, in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and by relevant sectors, the Magsaysay Report is “hailed as the most outstanding spade work ever for a legislative inquiry” and its report a shining example of reforming the bureaucracy by demanding accountability and good governance.
3. SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS AS A PUBLIC SERVANT
a) Provided scholarships, livelihood opportunities and health assistance
- With the Iskolar ni Magsaysay, more than 17,000 young Filipinos have been awarded scholarships ranging from a short-course technical education to post-graduate and law studies. The Iskolar ni Magsaysay Program partnered with Don Bosco (for auto-mechanic courses), STI (computer and IT courses), Meralco Foundation Institute (various industrial, automotive, craft and cottage courses), University of the Philippines-Los Banos and other SUCs (for agriculture and science courses), De La Salle University (engineering courses), Lyceum of the Philippines (tourism courses), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (social service courses), Philippine Christian University (IT) and Ateneo de Manila School of Government (governance courses).
- Provided medical assistance to more than 100,000 Filipinos, through a voucher program with Philippine General Hospital and other State-owned medical institutions.
b) Laws Sponsored and Passed
- The Anti Money Laundering Law and Its Subsequent Amendment (RA 9160)
The criminalization of money laundering, such that a criminal will face imprisonment, not only for the principal crime he committed, but for any attempt to enjoy the fruits of such crime. The law is a landmark in business as it institutionalizes a system of reporting suspicious transactions of business and financial institutions that are used by criminals to launder or hide their money. Among its significant provisions are the : 1) the relaxing of bank secrecy laws in order to track, and ultimately recover, dirty money 2) The creation of an Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLAC) that will serve to maintain a database of possible money laundering transactions, and will have the expertise to analyze such data for use in abducting and prosecuting money launderers, and 3)The institution of procedures for effective international cooperation, which will make possible the curtailment of transnational money laundering
- Electronic Commerce Act (RA 8792)
The law is perhaps one of the most complex and difficult legislations, citing its revolutionary and highly technical content. The law provides for the legal recognition, admissibility and evidential weight of electronic data messages and electronic documents.
The law mandates all government departments, bureaus, offices, agencies, entities and instrumentalities as well as GOCCs to use and accept electronic data messages, electronic documents and signatures in their transactions within two years from the effectivity of the Act.
Penalizes hacking or cracking (minimum fine of Php 100,000.00 and a maximum commensurate to the damage incurred and mandatory imprisonment of six months to three years
The E-Commerce law is the progenitor of the very first Automated Election Law in the Philippines.
- Magna Carta for Small and Medium Enterprises (RA 8289)
Provides for the 8% mandatory allocation by banks of their loan portfolio for lending to SMEs. It also re-classify SMEs based on capitalization
- New Foreign Investments Act (RA 8179)
Granting additional incentives to foreign investors
Allowing former Filipino nationals to own land in the Philippines
- Mechanical Engineering Law (RA 8495)
Institutionalizes and provides a policy framework for the practice of mechanical engineering in the country
- Jewelry Manufacturing Act
Provides for the recognition of the jewelry sector as distinct from all others
Provides for almost self-regulation, enumerates the benefits and incentives accorded to the sector from technical assistance to tax credits and exemptions
- Amendments to the Omnibus Investments Code (RA 8756)
Providing additional incentives to multinational companies with regional headquarters in the Philippines
- Further Strengthening the Social Security System (RA 8282)
Inserted the creation of a Provident Fund for the members and employees of the SSS to ensure that they get bigger retirement pay
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES; AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
- He pioneered the cable TV industry in the country in the early ’70s when community/master antennas for cable television were things unheard of. Today, with roughly 900 cable operators nationwide, the cable television business has turned into a multi-billion peso a year industry. And in recognition of setting the blueprint for the sector, Magsaysay is known as “The Father of Cable Television.”
- For introducing the highly technical e-commerce concept in statute books and providing a legal framework for its recognition, Senator Magsaysay is acknowledged as the “Father of E-Commerce Law in the Philippines”. The Web Magazine named him, “First Internet Man of the Year” in 2000
- Licensed Mechanical Engineer
- Most Outstanding Mechanical Engineer by the Philippine Regulation Commission in 2000
- Member, Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME)
- Doctor of Public Administration, Honoris Causa, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (2003)
- Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa (1999), Central Luzon State University
- Most Outstanding De La Salle Alumnus, The Philippine Star
- Most Outstanding Senator, Graphic Magazine
- 2011-present: Member, Board of Directors, Grain Pro Philippines, Inc.
- 2011-present: Member, Board of Directors, East West Seed
- 2011-present: Chairman, UCPB-CIIF Oil Mills Group ( San Pablo Mfg. Corp., Legaspi Oil Co. Inc., Southern Luzon Coconut Oil Mill, Inc.)
- 2011-present: Member, Board of Trustees, National Mission Council of De La Philippines, Inc.
- 2011-present: Member, Board of Trustees, De La Salle Araneta University
- 2007-present: Member, Board of Trustees, MFI Foundation (formerly Meralco Foundation)
- 2007-present: Member, Board of Trustees, San Beda College, Alabang
- 2008-present: Member, Board of Trustees, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
- 2000-present: Honorary Member, Rotary Club of Parañaque
- 1969-present: Reserve Officer, Commander, Philippine Navy Trustee, Alay sa Kawal & Ramon Magsaysay Society
- 1988-90 : Business Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer
- 1972-75 : Vice President and Director, South Rizal Chamber of Industries
- 1973-74 : Member, De La Salle College Alumni Board
- 1963-64 : Assistant to the Commissioner, Philippine Participation to the New York World’s Fair
- 1962: Chairman, National Youth Committee for UNICEF Group Leader, Way-US Peace Corps Welfareville Project
- 1961-62: Vice Chairman, Work-A-Year with the People Volunteer Doctors Program under Senator Raul Manglapus and Manuel Quezon