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


 
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Keeping Our Population Young

           At all costs we should keep the Philippine population young.  We cannot afford to fall into the same demographic trap that has ensnared most developed countries, including all our Northeast Asian neighbors and even some of our Southeast Asian partners in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) like Singapore and Thailand.  As I extensively discussed in a former column in this newspaper entitled “A Young and Growing Population,” our country is still enjoying the “demographic sweet spot” of a young, growing and English-speaking population which is at the root of such engines of growth as OFW remittances, BPO-IT earnings, a robust domestic consumer market and the growing role of domestic tourism in spurring regional economic development.  With fifty per cent of our population falling below 24 years of age, we have all the necessary human resources on which we can invest  the increasing proportion of  the government budget on basic education and universal health and the private funds that many large conglomerates like the Ayalas, SM group, PHINMA group, the Yuchengcos, the Montinola-Reyes family and a good number of other private investors are pouring into tertiary education.  The same optimistic trend can be noticed in the investments being made by private enterprises in health care, such as the Ayalas again, the First Pacific group, the UNILAB group and an increasing number of regional players who are putting up private hospitals.

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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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Dr. Bernie Villegas at the Asia CEO Forum 2020

Watch Dr. Bernie Villegas tells the economic future of the nation at the Asia CEO Forum 2020!   LINK:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=996923974077307