Bernardo M. Villegas
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Agriculturally Awesome
published: Aug 07, 2017

Chinese Appetite for High-Value Crops
published: Aug 18, 2017

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Warmest Greetings to Queen Sofia

            As her visit to the Philippines ends, I wish to express the heartiest thanks to Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain in the name of the Filipino people for her kindness in honoring us with her presence  and visiting some of the many projects that have been funded by Spanish aid agencies, both public and private.  The Spanish Government has been one of the most generous donors of Official Development Aid (ODA) over the last ten years.  Even now when the Spanish economy is not doing as well as before, grants to some of the poorest regions such as those in Mindanao and the Bicol, continue to pour in.  Spain is one of our most active partners in poverty eradication, especially in the countryside.  Assistance from Spain comes in the form of Official Development Assistance (ODA) as well as grants from private foundations.  I am especially acquainted with the way one of the largest foundations in Spain, CODESPA, whose chairman is Prince Philip himself, the heir to the throne of Spain, has been very active helping a most successful technical training institute called Dualtech that has produced over the last thirty years more than 8,000 high-skilled electro- mechanical workers among out-of -school youth.  The graduates of Dualtech have invariably found work in leading industrial companies like Lufthansa Teknik, Motorola, Ford, and other local and multinational companies.

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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: