Managing Director of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance
1992 to Present
Cynthia Villar founded and chaired the Villar SIPAG in 1992. Since its inception, the Foundation has initiated and implemented various projects aimed at improving the quality of life of the people in various communities.
Among its earliest programs were ‘Pagtatanim Para sa Kinabukasan’ (a tree-planting program), ‘Sagip Bukas’ (a school based movement for a drug-free Las Piñas), and ‘Manpower on Wheels’ (a mobile livelihood program providing training in employable skills).
A staunch advocate for environmental conservation and preservation, Villar launched the Las Pinas-Zapote River System Rehabilitation Program in 2002. It has won recognition worldwide. Recently, it bested 38 other contestants, when it won the United Nations (UN) Best Water Management Practices Award in celebration of the Water for Life Decade held in Zaragosa, Spain in March 2011.
The river rehabilitation project also received the following awards: “Best Practice Award for Outstanding Contribution Towards Improving the Living Environment” by the UN Humans Settlement Program and the Dubai International Award. AOIKOS International Award for Social Enterprise from River Rehabilitation, and the International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.
Over the years, its advocacies and beneficiaries have expanded and diversified in order to reach more people and sectors of the society. These include the poor and underprivileged; overseas Filipino workers and their families; the youth; women; the church; the environment among others.
Presently, the Villar SIPAG is involved in the following:
• OFW Assistance
• River Rehabilitation Programs & Social Enterprises in Las Piñas City
• Tree Planting
• Entrepreneurship & Livelihood
• Health & Social Services
• Youth, Education & Sports
• Church Building & Financial Assistance to Religious Organizations