Worker returns to Capitol after a 13-year absence

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

RICARDO Ramas may be 3’9”, but everyone visiting Governor Hilario Davide III’s office will notice him standing outside the governor’s door.

When he’s not there, the 50-year-old usually hangs out in the hallway outside the governor’s office.

Davide said he likes Ramas because he’s good at doing errands and he always checks if the governor’s office is clean.


Previous assignments

Ramas was hired as a casual last July 1. He was assigned at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office before the governor took notice of him.

This isn’t Ramas’s first stint at the Capitol.

He first joined the Provincial Engineering Office after quitting college. This was the time of former governor Emilio Osmeña.

He also served under former governors Osmundo Rama and Pablo Garcia.

He was one of the staffers of a Provincial Board member and was assigned at the office of former acting vice governor Democrito Barcenas.

Ramas’s last assignment was in the office of former vice governor Apolonio Abines in 2001.

He resigned when his father died.

Before his return to the Capitol, Ramas worked as a messenger in the office of Atty. Fritz Quiñanola for two years. His task was to bring documents to the prosecutor’s office.

Dutiful son

But when he heard that provincial employees receive big bonuses, he decided to try his luck there, again.

“Akong hunahuna ato nga makastorya gyud na ko ang governor og personal. Hangyuon gyud nako (I thought if I could only talk to the governor personally I would beg him for a job),” Ramas said.

Ramas, who is single, lives with his 78-year-old mother in East Capitol Hills, Cebu City.

He is the second child of six. His siblings are of normal height.
Despite his stature, Ramas said he cannot remember ever being bullied.

Ramas gives his mother a part of his salary for their daily needs. He also pays for their utilities.

When he finally received his first Christmas bonus last year, he not only shared it with his family but he also shared it with his friends.

Ramas said he used to have a girlfriend in high school, but he would not say why they broke up.

When asked if he plans to get married, he said: “Naghuwat ko nga modako ko anha pa ko magminyo (I’ll only get married when I grow up).”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 25, 2014.

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