Bernardo M. Villegas
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Creative Responses in Countryside Development

          Dr. Roberto de Vera of the School of Economics of the University of Asia and the Pacific is one of the few experts in regional and urban economics in the Philippines and possibly in Southeast Asia.  He recently gave an economic briefing to CEOs and other senior executives of Philippine and multinational enterprises which he entitled "Creative Responses in Countryside Development."  I am summarizing here his main points that can be very useful to both government and business leaders who are trying to address more effectively the problem of both rural and urban poverty in the Philippines that is still struggling to attain what is known as inclusive growth, i.e., economic growth that also benefits the "bottom of the pyramid."   He started by citing hard facts derived from the 2010 Census of Population and Housing and the 2009 Family Income and Expenditure Survey. 

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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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