Bernardo M. Villegas
Recent Articles

Get Married and Be Happy (Part 1)
published: Aug 26, 2016

Indonesia Will Lead the AEC (Part 2)
published: Aug 19, 2016

Indonesia Will Lead the AEC (Part I)
published: Aug 12, 2016

Featured Article
World Declaration on Worker Cooperatives

           A distinct advantage of emerging markets like the Philippines in the next two to three decades is the demographic dividend which endows them, not only with large domestic markets, but with a young and growing work force, in contrast with the aging societies in the developed world.  Even in this era of highly advanced technology, human labor will continue to be a competitive advantage of the so-called "breakout" nations, to use a term of Ruchir Sharma of Morgan Stanley.  It is important, therefore, that there be more innovative approaches to organizing workers for both productive and inclusive growth.  One of these innovations has already been introduced to the Philippines by some pioneering labor leaders and is about to benefit from the work of enlightened legislators who are introducing a bill "to further strengthen the standard of protection and enhancement of the welfare of self-employed workers and craftsmen and the promotion of entrepreneurship, thereby amending Section 8 or Republic Act 8282, otherwise known as the Social Security Act of 1997."

   Featured Books

       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.

   Featured Video
Antigua Forum Interviews 2012

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