Bernardo M. Villegas
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Agriculture in the PDP 2011- 2016

          If there is only one chapter one has the time to read in the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016, it should be Chapter 4 entitled Competitive and Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries Sector.  It details what we have to do in the next five to ten years or more to compensate for what we have failed to do over the last thirty years.  As I have said ad nauseam, our having become the sick man of Asia by the end of the last century is due mainly to our utter neglect of agricultural and rural development.  That is why all our leaders, in government, business and civil society must take very seriously the following introductory paragraphs of Chapter 4 of the PDP.

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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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Inside Business: Critique on RH Bill

ANC Interview by Coco Alcuaz regarding the RH bill and the Philippine economy.