Charles R. Avila studied Theology and got his Masters degree in Philosophy from the Divine Word Seminary, Quezon City and Tagaytay City.

He is the author of several books including the now classic book Ownership: Early Christian Teachings. A former mayor of the town of his birth (Tanauan Leyte), he has served as Consultant of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, as Secretary-General of the 18-nation Asian Cultural Forum on Development, a Research Fellow at the Centro Intercultural de Documentacion in Mexico, a Staff Writer of South Magazine in London, a lecturer on agrarian reforms at the Land Reform Training Institute in Taiwan, and Deputy Secretary General of the Philippine Congress of Agrarian and Industrial Workers.

He is the Executive Director of the Confederation of National Coconut Farmers’ Organizations of the Philippines. He is Chairman of the Lay Society of Saint Arnold Janssen. This month he was elected to the position of Chairman, Coconut Committee of the Philippine Government’s Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries. Based in Manila he continues to be involved in the coconut levy funds case, mining issues, and the cause of the peasantry.

In addition, while continuing to be available in the lecture circuit on subjects of social philosophy, this year he joins the faculty of The Manila Times College of Subic.

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