Bernardo M. Villegas
 
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Mission Integrity

            The most sustainable manner of inculcating a culture of integrity in Philippine society is to get the private sector--academe, civil society, business and the churches--to be the main agent of change.  Although we should be happy that the Administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III has assigned the highest priority to fighting corruption in every sector, it would be prudent not to depend on the Government to be the prime mover in fostering honesty.  There is no telling who the next President will be and what will be his priorities.  Under the principle of subsidiarity, the private sector has the competence, the motivation and the energy to rid  society of dishonesty, graft and corruption.  It is, therefore, providential that there is now an Integrity Initiative which is a private sector-led campaign that aims to promote common ethical standards among various sectors of society.  It operates on the principle of inclusion and collective action.  This initiative is being implemented by the Makati Business Club and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and funded by Siemens.

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POSITIVE DIMENSIONS OF POPULATION GROWTH

       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.