Bernardo M. Villegas
Recent Articles
Future of Work and Workers (Part 2)
published: Oct 27, 2021

2050 Take Me There (Part 3)
published: Oct 13, 2021

Featured Article
Absent Fathers in OFW Families

           OFW remittances are once again delivering the goods for 2017.  As has been true over the last ten years, through all the crises and turbulence brought about by the Great Recession and the political troubles in the Middle East, remittances in dollar terms during 2017 will definitely grow at the annual rate of 3 to 5% and at more than 10% in peso terms because of the peso depreciation. This sector is the largest engine of growth of the economy, accounting for close to 12% of GDP.  The good news is that we can expect this trend to continue for at least the next years because we still have a young, growing and English speaking population.  The bad news is that it is being paid for with very high social costs in the harm done to millions of children who suffer the psycho-sociological harm inflicted on them by the absence of their fathers.  This is a call for both the government and civil society to look for ways and means to minimize this malaise, not only for humanitarian reasons, but also to make sure that future generations of Filipinos among the Generation Z (those born after 2000) will not be psychologically handicapped for having grown up without their respective fathers close at hand.

   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: