Bernardo M. Villegas
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District 12

            Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games trilogy, wittingly or unwittingly, provided economic planners in developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with an interesting paradigm for addressing mass poverty, which is predominantly rural poverty.  For example, in the Philippines, among the twenty million or so who go to bed hungry every day, some 75 percent are in the rural areas.  In the language of author Collins, they are residents of District 12, the home of Katniss, Gale and Haysmith, the main protagonists of the Hunger Games.  District 12, thanks to the callousness and utter negligence of the Capitol (the center of a cruel and dictatorial State), is a coal mining area completely devoid of agricultural resources where children starve to death  or have to risk their lives to obtain the most meager food rations from the Capitol , which in contrast is wallowing in abundance and luxury.  The Capitol in the story is a symbol of the Philippine State, which for some three decades completely neglected rural and agricultural development in its obsession with the wrong kind of industrialization.

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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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Antigua Forum Interviews 2012

 An interview with Dr. Villegas about the PH economy in Antigua Forum, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, last January 2012. See Link: