Bernardo M. Villegas
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Land of Milk and Honey (Part 2)

           Closer economic and cultural ties of the Philippines with Israel can help us accelerate the improvement of both our educational system and our technological sector.  As reported in Wikipedia, Israel’s quality university education and the establishment of a highly motivated and educated population are largely responsible for ushering in the country’s high technology boom and outstanding economic development.  Its highly developed educational system, especially at the university levels, coupled with an effective incubation system for new cutting edge ideas to create value driven goods and services have allowed the country to create a high concentration of high-tech companies financially backed by a strong venture capital industry.  It has a central technology hub called “Silicon Wadi” only second in importance to the original Silicon Valley in California, USA.  A  good number of Israeli companies have been acquired by global corporations for their reliable and quality technical personnel.  The country was the destination for Berkshire Hathaway’s first investment outside the U.S. when it acquired ISCAR Metalworking, and the first research and development center outside the U.S. established by high-tech giants Intel, Microsoft, and Apple.

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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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Antigua Forum Interviews 2012

 An interview with Dr. Villegas about the PH economy in Antigua Forum, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, last January 2012. See Link: