Bernardo M. Villegas
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Rebalancing Strategy
published: Mar 31, 2017

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The Legacy of David Consunji

            Last September 14, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles of Lipa made the Solemn Declaration of the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Padre Pio as a National Shrine in my hometown of Sto. Tomas, Batangas.  That was the culmination of at least three years of construction works facilitated by the generous donations of numerous persons as well as the constant flow of pilgrims to the unfinished shrine from all over the country and even from foreign lands.  I have been a personal witness to this process because my siblings and I made a very modest donation of land as a right of way to the Shrine in the barrio of San Pedro, where my paternal grandfather was born.  This Shrine, that in the future will be visited by hundreds of thousands of devotees to one of the most famous saints of modern times, received a significant contribution from the philanthropist par excellence, David M. Consunji.  As a grateful Batangueno, I would like to pay tribute to this admirable engineer, technocrat, public servant and above all, a model Christian gentleman and family man.

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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: