As Senator

Senator of the Republic of the Philippines
Chairperson, Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food
Chairperson, Senate Committee on Government Corporations & Public Enterprises
16th Congress

Among the key achievements of Senator Villar are as follows:

Authored and worked for the passage of numerous worthy legislations

Republic Act No. 10638 - An Act Creating the Philippine National Railways, Prescribing its Powers, Functions and Duties, and Providing for the Necessary Funds for its Operation

An act extending the corporate life of the Philippine National Railways for another fifty (50) years, further amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 4156, as amended, entitled “An act creating the Philippine National Railways, prescribing its powers, functions and duties, and providing for the necessary funds for its operation”

Republic Act No. 10642 - Philippine Lemon Law

An act strengthening consumer protection in the purchase of brand new motor vehicles

Republic Act No. 10650 - Open Distance Learning Act

An act expanding access to educational services by institutionalizing open distance learning in levels of tertiary education and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10654 - The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998

An act to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, amending Republic Act No. 8550, otherwise known as “The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998,” and for other purposes

Republic Act No. 10655 - An act repealing the crime of premature marriage under article 351 of Act No. 3815, otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code

Republic Act No. 10659 - Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015

An act promoting and supporting the competitiveness of the sugarcane industry and for other purposes

Republic Act No. 10679 - Youth Entrepreneurship Act

An act promoting entrepreneurship and financial education among Filipino youth

Republic Act No. 10687 - Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Act

An act providing for a comprehensive and Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST), thereby rationalizing access thereto, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes

Republic Act No. 10692 - The PAGASA Modernization Act of 2015

An act providing for the modernization of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), providing funds therefor and for other purposes

Republic Act No. 10693 - Microfinance NGOs Act

An act strengthening Nongovernment Organizations (NGOs) engaged in microfinance operations for the poor

Republic Act No. 10743 - National Teachers’ Day

An act declaring the fifth day of October of every year as the National Teachers’ Day

Republic Act No. 10747 - Rare Diseases Act of the Philippines

An act promulgating a comprehensive policy in addressing the needs of persons with rare disease

Republic Act No. 10816 - Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016

An act providing for the development and promotion of farm tourism in the Philippines

Republic Act No. 10817 - Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016

An act instituting the Philippine Halal Export Development and promotion program, creating for the purpose the Philippine Halal Export Development and promotion board, and for other purposes

Republic Act No. 10821 - Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act

An act mandating the provision of emergency relief and protection for children before, during, and after disasters and other emergency situations

Republic Act No. 10845 - Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016

An act declaring large-scale agricultural smuggling as economic sabotage, prescribing penalties therefor and for other purposes

Republic Act No. 10848 - An Act Replacing Quantitative Import Restrictions on Agricultural Products, Except Rice, With Tariffs, Creating the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, and For Other Purposes

An act further extending the period of implementation of the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF), amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 8178, as amended by Republic Act No. 9496, entitled: “An act replacing quantitative import restrictions on agricultural products, except rice, with tariffs, creating the agricultural competitiveness enhancement fund, and for other purposes”

Ten local bills creating multi-specie marine hatchery/ nurseries and provincial training centers in 25 local government units located in 14 provinces, namely:

Republic Act No. 10787 - An act establishing multi-species marine hatchery in the Municipality of Lingig, Province of Surigao del Sur and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10813 - An act establishing a multi-species freshwater hatchery in the Municipality of Jabonga, Province of Agusan del Norte and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10825 - An act establishing multi-species marine hatcheries in Surigao City and the Municipality of Del Carmen in the Province of Surigao del Norte and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10826 - An act establishing a multi-species marine nursery in the Municipality of Kalamansig, Province of Sultan Kudarat and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10856 - An act establishing a multi-species marine hatchery in the Municipality of Bantayan, Province of Cebu and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10857 - An act establishing mangrove crab seed banks, nurseries and grow-out production farms in the Municipalities of Virac, Bato, Baras, Gigmoto, Viga, Panganiban, Bagamanoc, San Andres, Caramoran and Pandan, Province of Catanduanes and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10858 - An act establishing a multi-species marine hatchery in Barangay Ata-Atahon, Municipality of Nasipit, Province of Agusan del Norte and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10859 - An act establishing a multi-species marine hatchery in the Municipality of Jose Dalman, Province of Zamboanga del Norte and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10860 - An act establishing a multi-species marine hatchery in the Municipality of Sultan NagaDdimaporo, Province of Lanao del Norte and appropriating funds therefor

Republic Act No. 10861 - An act establishing a provincial fisheries and aquatic resources training, development, and product center in each of the Provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Aastern Samar, Samar, and Northern Samar, and appropriating funds therefor