Cynthia Villar, former Las Pinas City Represenatative, has promise that she will continue her legislative works to help Filipinos.
“I want to share my experience in the local level and implement them in the national level. I want to pursue my advocacies in the Senate,” stressed Villar, popularly known as “Misis Hanep Buhay”, for the livelihood enterprises that she has set up in more than 500 communities in Las Pinas and more than 100 more all over the country.
During her three-year term in the Lower House (from 2001 to 2010), she led the passage of landmark bills upholding the welfare of women, children and families These were Magna Carta of Women, anti-trafficking of women and children, anti-violence against women, protection of children in the workplace, juvenile justice system and the two versions of the Senior Citizens Act.
Misis Hanepbuhay also backed advanced systems of education such as the ladderized approach, distance learning and open-university system.
“These systems give poor and working students the opportunity to continue their studies until they earn a college diploma,” said Villar.
While “Sipag at Tiyaga” (industry and patience) are very important to conquer poverty, “Misis Hanep Buhay” noted that having a college degree is also equally important to succeed in life. “Sipag at Tiyaga” has been the campaign slogan of her husband, Senator Manny Villar whose term ends in 2013. He served as Speaker of the House and Senate President.