Bernardo M. Villegas
 
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Pushing PPP At LGU Level (Part 1)

          The Build Build Build program of the Duterte Administration has the potential of accelerating Philippine GDP growth from its present level of 6 to 7% to the higher range of 8 to 10%, growth rates attained by China and India when they were at similar stages of development in which we are right now and are being attained by even poorer countries like Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos today.  We have to make sure, however, that we go beyond sloganeering and are actually implementing infrastructure projects both of the public sector and of the private sector through the Public Private Partnership mode which fortunately is once again being given due importance after a short-term distraction with the so-called “hybrid model” that was problematic from the very beginning.  The Government is the worst implementor of infrastructure projects and Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding is a sure formula for more delays.  I am so glad that there is now a flowering of unsolicited proposals from the private sector for various PPP projects such as airports, railways, toll ways, sea ports, waste to energy facilities, etc. 

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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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