Villar foundation to open institute for poverty reduction

December 7, 2012 11:18 pm 

ORANI, Bataan, Dec. 7 — The Villar Foundation will open an institute that will help lessen the poverty problem in the country.

Former congresswoman Cynthia Villar disclosed the opening of the Social Institute for Poverty Reduction and Governance (SIPAG) in Las Pinas City in time for Senator Manuel Villar’s birthday on December 13.

She said the institute has training rooms, two museums and a Knowledgeable Center where research will be undertaken to reduce poverty in various parts of the country.

“The Villar Foundation through the Knowledgeable Center will sponsor seminars and projects to lessen poverty in the Philippines,” Mrs. Villar said during their visit here Thursday.

She also said that the foundation has recently finished the “Go Negosyo” summit for 4,000 families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

"If the business becomes successful, there will be no need for the OFW to return abroad. Our approach is two-pronged. We are opening doors and exposing the families of OFW into small business and also affording them to have employable skills,” she said.

She added that about 30 companies are assisting the foundation on how to help families of OFWs.

“We are giving them opportunities by training them to become brokers with Camella Homes or to go into sari-sari store with the help of Aling Puring of Puregold,” Villar said.

The families of OFWs are also exposed in the operations of transportation business, kiosks in malls or into direct selling to become dealers of Natasha or Avon and other companies, she said.

The couple, who visit Bataan every December, gave gifts to 1,500 children and adults. (PNA)

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