Villars congratulate the winners of 4th Youth Poverty Reduction Challenge 2021; cite significant contributions to the nation

Villars congratulate the winners of 4th Youth Poverty Reduction Challenge 2021; cite significant contributions to the nation

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Citing their efforts to help ward off poverty amid the
challenges brought by the Covid pandemic, former Secretary Mark
Villar, Deputy Speaker Camille Villar, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Vista Land Mr. Paolo Villar and Sen. Cynthia Villar led
the awarding ceremonies and congratulated the winners of the 4th Youth
Poverty Reduction Challenge.

“We know it is more challenging this year because of the situation we
are all in, but you all rose to the occasion despite the challenges.
We hope you will continue your winning ways in helping our fellow
Filipinos beat poverty,” Sen. Villar told the winners.

Rep. Villar recognized the selfless act of the youth in helping their
communities and chosen beneficiaries to get them out of their
hardships at this time when self-preservation is the most important
thing in this health and economic crisis.

“This is youth empowerment. You have proven that despite your young
age, you can maximize your potential to bring the much-need hope and
joy to your communities,” she said.

Senator Cynthia Villar, Former DPWH Sec.Mark Villar,
Deputy Speaker Camille Villar and Vistaland President and CEO Paolo
Villar lead the  virtual awarding ceremonies of this year’s Villar
SIPAG Youth Challenge.

For his part, the former DPWH Secretary Mark Villar told the youth,
“Let this awarding remind you that we believe in you and in the
causes of your social enterprises. “

He said the program intends not merely to encourage the youth to
engage in business for profit or livelihood. He also said it goes
beyond just lifting you and your family from the cycle of an impoverished
life. This is also about change,” said the former Cabinet official.

“Through the deeds and little causes, you advocate with your social
enterprises, you spark change for the betterment of our society,” he
further told the youth.

The Villar SIPAG Youth Poverty Reduction Challenge is a competition
designed to encourage and empower youth organizations to embark on
social enterprises that made a significant impact in reducing poverty in
their respective communities.

Participants were composed of college students, out-of-school youth,
young professionals, and young entrepreneurs among others.

Each organization received P100,000 cash incentive and the highly
coveted Villar SIPAG Award trophy.

4th Villar SIPAG Youth Awards Recipients

This year’s award recipients are:
1.Christian Youth Fellowship -Quezon City, NCR
2.Tanghalan ng Mandaluyong, Inc. – Mandaluyong City, NCR
3.Pinablin 4H Calasiao, Inc. – Calasiao,Pangasinan, Region 1

  1. Rice-Up Farmers, Inc. -Lubao, Pampanga, Region 3
    5.Youth for Mindoro Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, Region 4B
    6.Borres Youth Leadership Institute Inc. – Roxas City, Capiz, Region 6
    7.Cebuano Youth Ambassadors, Inc. – Cebu City,Cebu, Region 7
    8.Shadow Arts Theater Organization – Palo, Leyte, Region 8
    9.Vitali 4-H Club -Vitali, Zamboanga City Region 9
    10.Youth Cooperative for Ecological Protection -Nazareth, Cagayan de
    Oro City, Region 10
  2. Peace Creed Philippines – Midsayap,North Cotabato,Region 12
  3. E-Agrikultura Farmers Organization, Inc. – Butuan City, CARAGA

The senator noted that the entries to the poverty reduction challenge
underwent rigid evaluation, comprehensive screenings. They also had to
meet specific criteria like sustainability and a successful poverty
reduction strategy.

She assured that the Villar SIPAG, where she sits as director, will
continue to recognize the outstanding youth-led groups or enterprises
that have made a significant impact on poverty reduction in their
communities. (ai/mtvn)

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