Ramona Go

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Ramona Go
Mayor of San Enrique, Iloilo
In office
2013–2016
Preceded by Rosario Mediatrix P. Fernandez
Succeeded by Rosario Mediatrix P. Fernandez
Personal details
Born San Dionisio, Iloilo, Philippines
Citizenship Philippines
Political party Liberal Party
Alma mater Central Philippine University
Asian Institute of Management
Military service
Allegiance  Philippines
Service/branch  Armed Forces of the Philippines
Years of service 1982–2012
Rank Brigadier general

Ramona Go was the first female brigadier general in the regular (non-technical) Filipino armed forces. In May 2013, she was elected mayor of San Enrique.

Early life and education

Ramona Go was born in San Dionisio, Iloilo. She was awarded a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the Central Philippine University in 1977 and has a masters in development management from the Asian Institute of Management.

Military career

Go attended the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps officer candidate course in Georges Heights, New South Wales, and upon completion in 1982 was commissioned as an officer in the Women's Auxiliary Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.[1]

Go served as a platoon leader in the corps at Camp Aguinaldo and a tactical officer in several military units. She has passed army courses for intelligence officers, airborne forces, finance officers, armor officers, technical services command and the general staff course. Go was once commander of the aviation battalion of the Light Armor Division. She has served as head of several military tribunals and was also adjutant general of the armed forces. She was promoted to brigadier general on 4 April 2011 upon her appointment to deputy chief of staff for personnel. She is the first female regular army officer to be promoted to general rank (previous female generals had come from the technical branch, e.g. nursing).[1] Go was also the first female military pilot, first female line officer, first female adjutant general and the first female battalion commander in the Philippines.[2]

Political career

Go retired from the army after 33 years service in September 2012, 6 months ahead of her compulsory retirement date to begin a political career. She became a Liberal Party member and stood for election as mayor of San Enrique in the 16 May 2013 local elections. She won the seat with a majority of more than 1,800 votes.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "Philippine Army has first female general". ABS-CBN News. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Mangosing, Frances (18 May 2013). "First female general finds self in new battlefield". Inquirer. Retrieved 26 November 2017. 
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