Last month, the Villar SIPAG Awards were conferred to 10 outstanding and 10 most promising community enterprises from all over the Philippines. These community enterprises displayed good practices and innovation that resulted to more employment opportunities and increase household income, the primary advocacy of Villar SIPAG Awards. Villar SIPAG actually stands for Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance.
The search for the deserving community enterprises ran for almost a year in 2013 which culminated to the recognition event held on December 13, 2013. Former Senator Manny Villar, Senator Cynthia Villar and Las Pinas Representative Mark Villar were present during the awarding ceremony to award the winners with a total of Php3.5 million cash prizes. The event was attended by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who assisted in handing out plaques of recognition. Dignitaries, local government officials and members of the corporate sector also graced the event.
The 10 winners of Outstanding Community Enterprise received Php250,000 cash each. The 10 winners for the Most Promising Community Enterprise were awarded Php100,000 each. In the inspiring speech of the founding chairman of Villar SIPAG Awards, the former Senate President Manny Villar acknowledged that the economy is doing well but the also pointed out that the rich has become richer but “little is left in the hands of the poor.” He also touched on the the disasters that has greatly affected the country saying, “as if we are being challenged.” The former senator noted that a lot of the foreigners have admired the Filipinos’ resilience in withstanding the series of calamities. The various disasters prompted them to initiate projects to help improve the lives the Filipino poor.
Launched in August 2013, the Villar SIPAG Awards recognizes community enterprises that have been helping in alleviating poverty conditions in their communities. Speaking to the crowd at the recognition event, Senator Cynthia Villar said the award acknowledges the best community social enterprises that give jobs and livelihood to our countrymen. She noted that poverty continue to be the main problem of the Philippines and said “this is our way of helping people overcome poverty,” referring to the Villar SIPAG Awards.
San Francisco Association of Differently Abled Person Multi Purpose Cooperative, Andres M. Soriano Employees Fresh Fruits Cooperative in Kapalong, Davao del Norte; Baclaran Vendors Development Cooperative, Baclaran Parañaque; Bukluran Multi Purpose Cooperative, Dasmariñas, Cavite; Kalasag Farmers Producers Cooperative, San Jose City, Nueva Ecija; Malapatan Multi Purpose Cooperative, Malapatan, Sarangani; Nueva Segovia Consortium Cooperative, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur; Paglaum Multi Purpose Cooperative, Misamis, Occidental; People’s Alliance for Progress Multi Purpose Cooperative, Panamao, Sulu; San Francisco Associations of Differently-Abled Person Multi Purpose Cooperative San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur; and San Joaquin Multi Purpose Cooperative, Sarat, Ilocos Norte are the 10 Most Outstanding Community Enterprises for 2013.
The group awarded the 10 Most Promising Community Enterprises are Catmon Multipurpose Cooperative in Catmon, Sta. Maria, Bulacan; Davao Ventures Employees Cooperative, Calinan, Davao City; Danlugan Farmers Multi Purpose Cooperative, Danlugan, Pagadian City; Davao Oriental Coco Husk Social Enterprises, Inc., San Isidro, Davao Oriental; Ipil Market Vendors Multi Purpose Cooperative, Ipil, Zambaonga Sigubay; Light House Cooperative; Paco Soriano Pandacan Development Cooperative, Paco, Manila; People’s Officials, Employees and Community Multi Purpose Cooperative, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte; Southern Iloilo Area Multipurpose Cooperative in Oton, Iloilo at Valenzuela Development Cooperative in Valenzuela City, Metro Manila.
The Villar SIPAG Awards will be an annually recognition event and will continue to acknowledge best practices of the community enterprise in increasing income and reducing poverty. Connect with Villar SIPAG on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VillarSIPAG and visit their website http://www.villarfoundation.org/page?id=118&menu=4 for updates.