Ramon Magsaysay’s Achievements
Ramon Magsaysay was the third and most popular of all Presidents of the Republic of the Philippines. He was largely famous for his success in the peace campaign. He defeated Elpidio Quirino in the 1953 presidential elections by an unprecedented margin of votes. Many regard Magsaysay as the President whose heart truly bled for the common man. He toured the barrios, opened up Malacañang to the public, solicited and acted upon their complaints, built artesian wells and roads. He had Congress pass the Agricultural Tenancy Act of 1954, providing greater protection to tenants. Magsaysay’s administration was considered one of the cleanest and most corruption-free; his presidency was cited as the Philippines' Golden Years. During his term trade and industry flourished, and the Filipino people were given international recognition in sports, culture and foreign affairs. The Philippines ranked second in Asia's clean and well-governed countries.President Magsaysay worked for the establishment of the National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Administration (NARRA). NARRA gave sixty five thousand acres to three thousand indigent families for settlement purposes The President Established the Agricultural Credit and Cooperative Administration (ACCFA). President Magsaysay initiated in all earnestness the artesian wells campaign. A group-movement known as the Liberty Wells Association was formed and in record time managed to raise a considerable sum for the construction of as many artesian wells as possible. The countrymen hailed Magsaysay as the “Champion of the Masses”. Magsaysay was commanding yet charismatic, and his grounded approach to leadership drew the “common people” close to him. Magsaysay did not finish his term that was expected to end of December 30, 1957 because he died in a plane crash.
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