Bernardo M. Villegas
Recent Articles
How to Avoid More Boracays
published: Jul 31, 2017

First 1000 Days of Life (Part 2)
published: Jul 28, 2017





 
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Digital Natives

            Last November 29, 2012, I addressed  top executives of call centers from the Asia Pacific region when they gathered at the Marriott Hotel, Newport City Complex, in the annual conference of the Asia Pacific Contact Centre Association Leaders (APPCAL).  I talked about the "Geopolitical Issues Confronting the Call Center Industry in Asia-Pacific Region."  One of the main points I raised was the contrast between the demographic profiles of Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia (especially Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines).  Countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and even China are already suffering from the rapid aging of their populations, with the consequent shortage of workers for their call center industries.  In contrast, most of the Southeast Asian countries, with the exception of  Singapore and Thailand, are still enjoying the "sweet spot" or demographic dividend that confers on them a rising and young population that results in the best of both worlds:  they have very attractive consumer markets for investors and abundant manpower for contact centers, catering to both domestic and foreign markets.  The Philippines is especially attractive to call centers directed towards foreign markets because of the high level of English proficiency among its young population.

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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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Inside Business: Critique on RH Bill

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