Bernardo M. Villegas
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Land Reform in the Philippines (Part 1)

            The title of this column is the same as that of a doctoral dissertation presented by an executive-turned-academician who recently obtained his Ph.D. in Management from one of best private universities in Europe, the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain.  Dr. Ramon de Vera, who in his younger days  was an investment banker and then managed banana plantations in Mindanao, obtained the highest grade possible for his thesis on the experiences of the Philippines in helping millions of farmers through the so-called Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program  (CARP) that expired in 2014.  Today, Dr. de Vera is a colleague of mine in the faculty of the School of Management of the University of Asia and the Pacific.  He has given me permission to present in two parts an executive  summary of his thesis that can serve as a road map for the next and subsequent Administrations on how to “revitalize agricultural productivity and attain inclusive economic growth in the rural areas” of the Philippines.

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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: