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FVR breaks ground for library in Dagupan City

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—Former President Fidel V. Ramos led the groundbreaking rites for a three-story library building within the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA campus in Dagupan City.

The library is touted to help preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the province of Pangasinan and its people.

Ramos, a son of the province, said that the library would benefit Pangasinenses, particularly students on their research ventures, as Pangasinan has been transformed into “an aggressive and forward-looking province.”

Set to be inaugurated in March 2016, the library will also house an extensive collection of books and memorabilia of the former chief executive of the country to show a glimpse of his life and illustrious career as a civil engineer, author, solider, academic leader and public servant.

Another learning facility, the Pangasinan Studies Center or PSC will also be established through the partnership of the provincial government and University of the Philippines in cooperation with the consortium of universities and colleges in the province.

The center shall reinforce “a comprehensive research for the preservation of Pangasinan culture and language.”

The establishment of PSC that will lead into a wide-ranging (cultural) mapping of places, events and personalities, including customs and traditions in the province is stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by UP president Alfredo Pascual and Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. on June 18.

Ramos was joined by Espino PHINMA Corp. president and CEO Ramon Del Rosario Jr., former Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani and 6th District Board Member Ranjit Ramos-Shahani during the groundbreaking rites along with former members of Ramos’ Cabinet that included former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan, and officials of the host University.

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