Press Release
March 8, 2021

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Rep. Camille Villar offers "Kabuhayan Para Sa Kababaihan sa Mapanghamong Panahon" in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8

TO observe the International Women's Day on March 8, Sen. Cynthia Villar and Las Pinas Rep. Camille Villar, through the Villar SIPAG Foundation, offered "Kabuhayan Para Sa Kababaihan sa Mapanghamong Panahon" to help empower Filipino women.

The program, aired on Facebook and in partnership with East-West Seed Foundation, Inc., was filled with knowledge, information and inspiration for women especially in dealing with urban agriculture.

Senator Villar had been promoting vegetable gardening as a viable intervention to make households and communities healthier and more food sufficient.

Women in the urban areas is the best force to tap when we talk home gardening since most of them stays at home. We should equipped them with skills so that they can practice urban gardening and plant vegetables even in small spaces to have an available supply on their tables.

Women-participants who joined the program also won several prizes which included a livelihood showcase, grocery packs and others during the raffle draw.

Both Sen. Villar and Rep. Villar are known advocates of women, fighting for their rights and welfare. They share the belief that "when we empower women, we empower families and generations of people."

Since women empowerment has been evolving over the years as it is not just confined to empowerment against violence and other forms of abuse, they believe that women should should be empowered economically.

According to Sen. Villar and Rep. Villar, women have a lot to contribute to the country's development if they would just be given opportunities and tools such as learning new skills.

Through the Villar SIPAG, the senator has been providing jobs and livelihood opportunities to women so they can help augment the earnings of their husbands.

The senator has been bringing livelihood projects in communities all over the country. In fact, she has established around 3,000 livelihood nationwide. In this way, the senator said women no longer need to leave their homes in order to earn money. "They can do their work at home while taking care of their children," noted Sen. Villar.

"Or they can walk going to their work as the livelihood projects are located within their communities, near their homes," added Sen. Villar who has been prioritizing women in her projects and programs.

Sen. Villar also said empowering women is one of the most effective ways to make a positive difference in the society because "women have the power to lead, serve, nurture and transform."

Being a legislator and social entrepreneur, the senator said she focuses and provides women, particularly those in poor communities, with livelihood opportunities to become financially independent and economically empowered.

The International Women's Month, celebrated in March, gives due recognition to the significant role of women as the country's effective partners for change and development. This also serves as a venue to address all the concerns of women.

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