Bernardo M. Villegas
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PH Glass More Than Half-Filled (Part 1)

           It is always heartening to meet with my friend, Jim Walker, Head of Hong Kong-based think tank Asianomics, which monitors very closely all the Asian economies.  I have always counted on him for a very independent view of the Philippine economy as a means of moderating my incorrigible optimism about the prospects facing businesses operating in the Philippines.  In my last conversation with him, I came out with the more balanced view that, while there are serious threats to our economy in the coming twelve to eighteen months, the Philippine glass is still more than half filled. Having survived the Great Recession of the last decade or so, we can avoid some of the worst consequences of current global developments like high oil prices, the trade war precipitated by the America First policy of President Donald Trump, the end of easy money all over the world and the uncertainties of the BREXIT rollout.  Let me share with my readers a summary of Asianomics’ latest report on the Philippine economy entitled creatively as “Philippines:  BBB, POGO and TRAINS (Spotlight on growth—not return).” 

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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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Inside Business: Critique on RH Bill

ANC Interview by Coco Alcuaz regarding the RH bill and the Philippine economy.