Bernardo M. Villegas
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Food Stolen From The Poor (Part 3)
published: May 29, 2020

Food Stolen From the Poor (Part 2)
published: May 22, 2020

Food Stolen from the Poor (Part 1)
published: May 15, 2020

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A Young and Growing Population (Part 2)

           By some measures (such as the Purchasing Power Parity approach to GDP), China has already surpassed the U.S. in absolute amount of GDP, although it still has a much lower GDP per capita.  Some forecasters, however, are predicting that China will be Number One even in GDP per capita in the not too distant future because its growth rate is twice or more than that of the U.S.  This reminds me of the years when I was studying in the U.S. in the 1960s when there were many books and articles predicting that Japan would surpass the U.S. in economic might before the last century was over.  There were also a lot of talks about “Japan Number One.”  The prediction never came true for one simple reason:  the Japanese stopped producing babies.  They were among the first ones to commit demographic suicide.  The problems of Japan are well known today:  a rapidly ageing population and a shrinking labor force that is putting a great strain on the economy.  In fact, in recent years, Japanese policy has had to reconsider its anti-immigration stance and is now open to more foreign workers (including Filipinos and Filipinas) especially in the health and caregiving sectors. 

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       The historical trends, empirical findings, and policy updates are discussed in detail in the essays compiled in this book. The most convincing argument that supports the thesis of the book, i.e. that population growth is a poitive factor in attaining sustainable human development, is found in the foreword to the book, which is adopted from an article written by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, former Finance Secretary of the Philippines and multi-awarded finance official in Asia. Thanks to the continuing growth of the Philippines population, Filipinos are in more than 100 countries all over the world, contributing much-needed foreign echange and purchasing power to the Philippine economy and fostering the human and spiritual development of the most diverse of peoples and cultures on this planet.

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Inside Business: Critique on RH Bill

ANC Interview by Coco Alcuaz regarding the RH bill and the Philippine economy.