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Philippine President - GLORIA ARROYO y MACAPAGAL
 

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo - Fourteenth Philippine PresidentFourteenth and the Second Woman President of the Republic of the Philippines
January 20, 2001 - Present

PERSONAL DATA
Date of Birth: April 5, 1947
Place of Birth: San Juan, Rizal
Father: Diosdado Macapagal, Sr.
Mother: Evangelina Macaraeg
Espouse: Atty. Jose Miguel T. Arroyo
Children: Juan Miguel, Evengelina Lourdes and Diosdado Ignacio

 
EDUCATION
Elementary and High School
Assumption Convent
College
Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Assumption Convent (1968)
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
UPSE Fellowship, (1970-1971)
Japan Foundation Grant (1976-1977)
Master of Arts in Economics, Ateneo de Manila University (1978)
Rockefeller Foundation, Scholarship (1978-1983)
PhD in Economics, University of the Philippines (1985)
 
IMPORTANT NOTES IN HISTORY
  • Taught at Maryknoll College (now Miriam College), St. Scholastica College, Ateneo de Manila University and School of Economics of the University of the Philippines.
  • Was Head of the Department of Economics of the College of The Assumption, (1984-1987).
  • Was Head and President of the UP Health Maintenance Organ-ization (UPHMO), (1989-1998).
  • Managing Editor, Center for the Economic Progress of the Philippines. (PCED, 1994-1998).
  • Head, UPEcon Foundation, (1994-1998).
  • Assistant secretary, Department of Trade and Industry.
  • Managing Editor, Committee on Clothing and Textile.
  • Assistant Secretary and Governor, Committee on Investments (1986)
  • Started in ihe public service when she was named Assistant secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry from 1989 to 1992.
  • Topped the senatorial race in 1992 and 1995.
  • Served as Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development under the government of Joseph Estrada.
  • Authored 55 bills on economic and social reforms.
  • Voted Outstanding Senator of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines.
  • Tagged by Asiaweek Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Women in Asia.
  • Honored as Woman of the Year by the Association of the Catholic Teachers of the Philippines.
  • Elected Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines on May 11, 1998 where the total votes she garnered exceeded that of President Estrada's.
  • Took oath under Chief Justice Hilario Davide as President of the Republic of the Philippines on January 20, 2001 at the EDSA Shrine after President Estrada left Malacanang.
  • Elected President of the Republic of the Philippines for six years in , the national election of May 10,2004.
  • Reaped the ire of the people because she sided with President George Bush of the United States when he declared war on Iraq.
  • Her government faced a fiscal crisis because of the continued increase in the price of oil in the world market and the worsening economy.
  • Under her rein, truck driver Angelo dela Cruz and accountant Robert Tarongoy were taken hostages in Iraq and also United Nations volunteer Angelito Nayan in Afghanistan.
  • Her administration was faced with damages to properties caused by strong typhoons Unding, Violeta, Winnie and Yoyong which brought about floods and great havoc to crops and infrastractures in several provinces like Aurora
 
 

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