Bernardo M. Villegas
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The Need for Masteral Degrees

            I am glad that President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte had a change of heart about the K to 12 curriculum.  At first seemingly opposed to it, he reconsidered his position when the regional directors of the Department of Education in the Davao region explained to him the value of adding two more years to our pre-university education so that our knowledge workers in the future will be competitive with their peers in the East Asian region where pre-university training can last anywhere from 12 to 14 years, compared to our 10 years before the introduction of the K to 12 curriculum.  Although I would like to see more of our high school graduates choosing the blue-collar jobs that are going to be in great demand as we finally are able to launch an authentic agro-industrialization program  (plumbers, electricians, carpenters, butchers, electro-mechanical workers,  farm entrepreneurs, etc.), we will need an increasing number of well-prepared knowledge workers (engineers, physicists, chemists, IT professionals, medical doctors, educators, lawyers,  accountants, etc.) if we are to graduate from middle-income to first world status in the coming twenty or more years.  In addition to world-class infrastructures and heavy investments in research and development, countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore were able to escape the middle-income trap by achieving a quantum leap in the quality of their university graduates.

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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.