Bernardo M. Villegas
Recent Articles
Northbound Policy (Part 2)
published: Feb 26, 2018

Northbound Policy (Part 1)
published: Feb 19, 2018

Prudence in Engaging With China
published: Feb 13, 2018

Featured Article
Passion for Welfare of Employees

            He was not as famous as Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.  But Carl Elsener, a Swiss entrepreneur who recently passed away, deserves as much attention, if not more, from owners of business and CEOs who are looking for a role model.  I had heard of the company that he had managed since he was 28, taking over from his father.  It was his grandfather who founded the company.    Victorinox was one of the companies included in the list of model enterprises for business ethics and people development that some of my colleagues at the IESE Business School liked to talk about.  Although Elsener managed the company for more than half a century, very few people knew his name.  What were globally renowned were the Swiss army knives produced by Victorinox that millions of people bought in the airports.  I myself had three of those given to me as gifts by my friends.

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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: