Bernardo M. Villegas
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Town Hall Meeting at Harvard

            The investment road show led by Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. which I joined last April 22 to 27 culminated in a very memorable town hall meeting with members of the Harvard community with special interest in the Philippines.  There were some 100 Americans, Fil-Americans and Filipinos in the Greater Boston Area who responded to an invitation to a traditional town hall meeting.  It was held at the Harvard Student Organization Center right in the middle of the Harvard campus.  For me it was a sentimental journey since it marked the fiftieth anniversary of my graduation from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  It was with some emotion that I faced Filipino students in the different schools of Harvard University who were there to listen to a briefing on the state of the Philippine economy.  I saw in those young and bright looking faces the future leaders who will help sustain the economic success that my fellow road show speakers and I had been heralding in three key cities (Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston) this year after another three-city journey last year (Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco).

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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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