Poverty Alleviation finds Home at Villar SIPAG

Ribbon Cutting led by the Villar Family

GETTING Filipinos out of poverty has always been the main advocacy of the Villar Foundation and the couple behind it Manny Villar and former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar, chairman and managing director, respectively.

During Thursday inauguration of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance or SIPAG in Las Pinas City, ex Rep. Villar said it will serve a home of all their efforts and endeavour to fulfil their advocacies.

Through the Villar SIPAG, ex Rep. Villar vowed to boost their efforts and initiatives to reach out to more people who need guidance, training, information, inspiration and skills to improve their lives and eventually help them out of poverty.

The former three-term congresswoman has earned the moniker “Misis Hanep Buhay” because of her untiring efforts to provide livelihood opportunities to Filipinos nationwide.

Las Pinas Representative Mark Villar
We have been in public service, both in personal and political capacities, for decades. We have been implementing numerous programs and projects that helped Filipinos improve their lives, noted Villar.

She averred that the Villar SIPAG is more than just a showcase of the Villars past, present and future efforts to lift Filipinos out of poverty but will also be a working hub and proactive center.

Its name alone highlights and promotes the value of hard work as a tool in overcoming poverty, she said.
Villar assured they are serious in their goal to end poverty. She said it is not just a catchphrase for them but a serious campaign, and this structure is a solid evidence of that.

For his part, Sen. Villar said the Villar Sipag will be the hub of their activities and actions for our impoverished countrymen.

SIPAG will also be instrumental to bring about positive changes in peoples lives and the country as well, said Sen. Villar, who served as former House Speaker and Senate President.

Sen. Villar is also known as Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga, in reference to how he personally overcame poverty through hard work and persistence.

The Villar SIPAG Center
Villar SIPAG Center will feature among others: Poverty Alleviation Museum, SIPAG Poverty Knowledge Management Center, Nacionalista Party Museum, Reception Hall, Mini-Theater, Offices, Archives and Training Rooms.

Villar SIPAG Poverty Knowledge Management facility
SIPAG Poverty Knowledge Management will serve as a library or resource center to collect, preserve, and make accessible to the public an array of reading and reference materials on poverty reduction, generation of livelihood, and entrepreneurship. It aims to cater to students of all ages, scholars, policymakers, journalists etc.

The Training Rooms will offer seminars, briefings and trainings on livelihood opportunities, entrepreneurial strategies, and other relevant and related topics for the womenfolk, the youth, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and other marginalized sectors of the society.

The Reception Hall will feature the memorabilia of Sen. Manny and ex-Rep. Villar as well as other relevant exhibits on occasions. The Nacionalista Party Museum will exhibit memorabilia, photos, documents, among others, of the oldest political party of the country.

Villar SIPAG Mini Theater
The Mini Theater will be the venue of conferences, symposia, and screening of video or performances tackling the issues of and related to poverty reduction.

It will also be made available for use as venue of private gatherings.

The Villar Foundation, through its various livelihood-generation and skills training initiatives, has played an active role in poverty alleviation for the past 20 years. Its barangay-based livelihood enterprises now provide income to over 500 families and other parts of the country, where it has established more than 100 pilot projects.

The inauguration of SIPAG Center were formally opened to the public through ribbon cutting led by Mrs. Cynthia Villar, Managing Director of Villar Foundation, and Senator Manny Villar, chairman of the Villar Foundation and former Senate President. With them are Las Piñas Congressman Mark Villar, Senator Antonio Trillanes III, former Colonel Ariel Querubin.

Also present at the said event, Atty Gwen Pimentel, former Bayan Muna congressman Satur Ocampo, Las Pinas' chairpersons of different barangays, and other prominent people from different provinces.
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  1. I'm inspired by the idea of Mrs. Villar to help people by giving them proper training and a job. This is can help people from Philippines that was affected by the typhoon Hayain.