Bernardo M. Villegas
 
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Can We Do An Indonesia?

           In the last century, there was such a shortage of business managers in Indonesia that Filipino executives, especially in finance and marketing, were ubiquitous in the largest Indonesian conglomerates.  SGV practically built the accounting profession in Jakarta.  Today, there are still a good number of Filipinos in top management positions in Indonesia.  This year, however, Indonesia seems to have accomplished a political feat that we are still dreaming of:  elect to the highest position of the land a self-effacing, small-time provincial mayor with no ties to the political elite.  As an editorial in the Financial Times stated, “The election of Joko Widodo as president of Indonesia marks a potentially positive development for the world’s fourth most populous nation….Mr. Widodo’s style of leadership also carries promise.  As mayor of Solo, a city in central Java, the former furniture exporter made his name as an honest leader with a common touch and a habit of getting things done.  He extended that reparation in his brief stint as governor of Jakarta where he improved social services, unblocked long-delayed transport projects, and purged incompetent bureaucrats.”  We had an equivalent leader, Jesse Robredo, but God had different plans for him.  It may be hoping against hope, but can we find someone like him before the elections in 2016?

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POSITIVE DIMENSIONS OF POPULATION GROWTH

       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: