Villar Foundation Livelihood Projects

Being an advocate of the use of ecobags/reusable bags instead of plastic bags, it was such an honor to visit a foundation that values nature as much as I do.

The Villar Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit organization, it aims to support projects geared toward helping our less fortunate countrymen break free from the clutches of poverty.

-Villar Foundation website

Villar Foundation started in 2001 and one of their pioneer project was Sagip Ilog program. This is a program that aims to rehabilitate Las Piñas-Zapote River. According to Engr Dexter Gonzales, it was during the rehabilitation program that they noticed, that some of the garbage that was seen floating in the river was coconut husk.

Coconut husk disposal is a problem but Congw Cynthia Villar started a project that not only solves the coconut husk disposal problem but as well as improve the lives of the people, the Coconet Weaving Livelihood project 

Coconet Weaving Livelihood project is now on its 7th year. The project produces coconut net from coconut husk with the use of decorticating machine. It is a machine developed by Dr. Arboleda, a dean from Bicol University. The machine separates the fibers from the husk and what is left are dust. The machine, as Engr Gonzales told us, is at 585 thousand PhP. It can decorticate 10,000 coconut husk a day.

Coconut Vendors willingly bring their coconut husk waste to the Coconet weaving factory located at Brgy E. Aldana (the factory that we visit). The husk, then will be put at the machine for decorticating (which produces two by products: fibers and dust). After the fibers are separated, a family member will dust it. After dusting, a pair will twine it to make coconut rope. After that another pair will weave it to make a coconet. Coconet making is a family matter as we were told. Each family will work hand in hand to make a coconet. According to Atty Reggie, each week, a family can produce 3 rolls of net on the average (a roll is 1 meter by 50 meters net). The foundation will buy the nets produced for the week, for 1000 PhP per roll of net and sells it for 2000 PhP. The profit that the foundation make from coconet weaving was used to pay for the blankets from the Las Piñas Handloom Weaving Center (which we also visited).

You may ask where or what is the use of the coconet? It is being used as slope protection. It was used to prevent soil erosion one of the problems faced during the rehabilitation of the river. The coconet is placed at 45 degree angle on the lands around the river. Plants (specially bamboo) where planted in between the nets. The coconet together with the plant’s root system holds the soil and absorbs water too. 

Las Piñas Handloom Weaving Center is located at Bernabe Compound. It is a livelihood project that answers the call of relief operations. Villar Foundation, instead of buying blankets, decided to create their own blanket. It employs 24 workers and as mentioned, profits from the Coconet Weaving project was used to pay for the workers.

The Eco Center at Barangay Pamplona Dos is another Villar Foundation that we visited. Brgy Captain Roberto Villalon shared with us how segregation and composting made a difference in their waste management.

Their waste was classified as wet and dry. Wet are mostly composed of biodegrable waste and kitchen waste. This waste they turn into an organic fertilizer through organic composition. The food and kitchen waste collected (collection done every morning) together with the dust from the coconet weaving factory and trichodema were placed in a composting machine for one week. After a week, the food waste becomes an organic fertilizer:

And since plastics is not biodegrable, Villar Foundation think of something to make use of the plastic, specially plastic bags and sachet. This was used to make hollow blocks where in 10kg of plastic was mixed with 1 sack of cement and 20 kg of sand.

Other projects in the ecocenter are:

  • Biogas Project
  • Backyard Aquaculture
  • Production of Vermicompost
and I want to express my gratitude to Villar Foundation and Brgy Captain Roberto Villalon for giving me a sack of Vermicompost. For a gardener like me, Vermicompost is gold. Thank you very much! Vermicompost is actually worm manure. It has been said to be very rich in nutrients, can be used as fertilizer (worm tea) and also can be mixed with soil.

Las Piñas Arts and Crafts was our last stop. It’s a center where products  from water hyacinth was made. Of course, this s another livelihood project from Villar Foundation.

After the trip, we went to Villar’s residence and had a sumptuous lunch with Congresswoman Cynthia Villar.

 Congw Cynthia Villar, told us stories about Villar Foundation, how it started as well as their current projects. I am glad to hear that she also helps my city with its water hyacinth problem. I remember her saying:

How can you develop nationalism if you don’t even know what you have.

It was the old Las Piñas we were talking about and the importance of having an old part of the city preserved.

Though our time with her was limited, I believe all of us were inspired by her dedication and hard work in changing the lives of others through Villar Foundation.

 

Mommy is blogging while breastfeeding. For typo errors, comment here and let me know :) For wrong grammar.. that, I can't do something about. I admit I am no good at it. But comments and suggestions are welcome :)

Comments

  1. andrey antivola says

    hi mam i just want you to ask how much you buy for coconut husk that has been grind cause we are making product of grind coco husk thanks and i hope to have a business whit you and if you want a picture i can send it to on you web site

  2. maria jesusa c. guiyab says

    hi…i just received a txt mssg coming from unknown number saying that i won a certain amount of money (actually it’s a big amount of money)from Villar Foundation-Handog Pangkabuhayan stating that my SIM number won….and i need to call Sec. Aranti H. Acosta….is this true???.pls clarify from my email…..thank u so much….
    more power to your foundation
    God Bless po!!!

  3. ramina says

    gudam!!isa po ako single mom at need ko po ng work pede po ba ako magwork sa inyo naba,itaan ko pa natulong po kyo sa mga katulad ko sana po matulungan nyo ako salamat po

  4. Jesusa A. Cajepe says

    Sir/Ma’am
    Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat ako po ay taga Tanza Cavite, Gusto ko lang po sanang malaman kung pwede po akong magapply sainyo ako po ay isang single mom, at nangangaylangan po ako ng trabaho marami po sakin nagsabi na baka daw pwede ako magtrabaho sa inyong tanggapan dahil natulong kayo sa mahihirap, ang lola ko po ay may sakit at na stroke po siya kaya po kaylangan po ng pambili ng kanyang gamot kaya po nagbabakasakali po ako na baka pwede po ako sainyo magtrabaho aantayin ko po ang inyong reply. ito po ang cel: no ko. 09491716011

  5. celia batiao says

    maam gud day po…. panu po ba mag apply sa foundation nyo.. hindi na po kc aqo fit for work sa mga offices kc po my goiter aqo.. non toxic po ito… i learned from your site na tumutulong kau sa mga katulad koh.. i’m still very willing to work.. auko po masayang ang mga ka2yahan koh…. pde din po aqo sa computer at paper works.. pero khit saan nyo po aqo ilagay, willing po aqo mag trabaho … alam ko po at dama ko na at good cause po ang foundation nyo… congratulations po and more power.. God bless po!

  6. Tom Valencia says

    Interested on your coconet please send me price list for all sizes. where can i see your coconets so i can buy. Thanks.

  7. FERDINAND P. LIMA says

    October 03, 2012

    Dear Madam Cynthia Villar,

    Ako po si FERDINAND P. LIMA, matagal na po naririnig ko ang tungkol sa livelihood project nyo. kaya po ako sumulat sa inyo sa dahilang baka matulungan nyo akong makahanap ng trabaho, kasi po nagsarado na ang kompanya na pinapasukan ko. sa ngayon ang pamilya ko ay nasa bicol habang ako naman ay nakikituloy lang sa aking ina dito sa paranaque, habang naghahanap ng trabaho dito sa manila. graduate po ako ng ACCOUNTING, pero hangang ngayon ay wala parin po makitang trabaho. ito po ang contact no. 822-2649, ferdinandperezlima@yahoo.com sana po malaman ko ang addres nyo para makapunta ako sa opisina nyo at maka submit ng RESUME ko.

    Gumagalang po.

    FERDINAND P. LIMA

  8. nancy bureros says

    ako ay isng may bhay nktira po sa payatas gusto ko po magkroon po kmi ng livelihood po d2 sa aming lugar,mrami d2 mga bata na hindi nkpag-aral dhil sa khirapan,sna po matulongan nyo po kmi,e2 po contact no. ko 09466294939, mraming slamt po and God bless po

  9. says

    Magandang umaga po//// ako po si Apolonia L. Acla isang cooperative Development Worker ( CDW) Under Provincial Goverment of Zamboanga Sibugay.
    gusto ko po matulongan ang mga Kooperatiba na under sa aking area responsibility. salamat po.

  10. Ma.Theresa M. de la Rosa says

    When I attended a pre-bidding conference at NIA in our region, just then coconet interest me most,because they are introducing your coconet product for rehabilitation of Irrigation Embankment. I grew on my adopted town in Southern Leyte,it interest me most because these products might be of great help to them. Could you help me know, how could a place be considered a recipient of your foundation? And would like to know too if we can win the public bidding for the embankment rehabilitation in our place, does your foundation may have enough to supply 22,000 sq.m. of coconet? thank you

  11. Jeorgie says

    Good Day Mrs.Villar,
    Baka po pwede nyo ako matulungan, I am about to turn 57 on May 2013, unemployed, naghahanap po ako ng trabaho. Wala naman po ako pangpuhunan sa business, gusto ko lang po magkaroon ng source of income upang maipagpatuloy ko po ang pagsuporta sa medical need ng Mama ko who is already 90 years old. Sa kasalukuyan, ako po ay nakikitira lang sa bahay ng ka-churchmate ko dito sa Mandaluyong. I can send you my resume anytime for your reference kung ano po ang trabaho na pwede nyo maipagawa sa akin. Marami po akong alam sa gawaing pang-opisina base po sa mga napasukan kong trabaho. Meron po akong sun# (0923-457-0807) kung sakali po, by God’s Will, ay meron po kayong mai-bibigay na trabaho sa akin.
    Umaasa po,
    Jeorgie
    Georgina C. Bautista

  12. CHARMAINE CARORO says

    gud am poh madam..my nag txt poh sa akin kgabi na nanalo dw po ako sa handog pangkabuhayan promo galing dw po sa inyo adopted by NTC..totoo po ba ito o hindi..pls reply po..

    • Mommy Pehpot says

      nag pa ad na po ang Villar Foundation sa dyaryo at sinabi nila na walang katotohanan ung mga text messages

  13. rogelio says

    may na recieved ako msg ngayon march4 @11:35am from villar foundation na nanalo daw ang aking SIM $ ng 850,000.00 pesos handog pangka-buhayan..tawagan ko daw si sec- gregory l. domingo, DTI#8505 S’14..from cp no. #639981566215.. is this scam???

    • Mommy Pehpot says

      hindi ko po masabi pero wala naman po akong nababalitaan na nagkaroon ng raffle ang villar foundation, isa pa po, may nasalihan ba kayo na raffle from villar foundation?

  14. Edwin G.Basale says

    Good Day Mrs.Villar,
    Baka po pwede nyo ako matulungan, I am 55 years, unemployed, naghahanap po ako ng trabaho. Wala naman po ako pangpuhunan sa business, gusto ko lang po magkaroon ng source of income upang maipagpatuloy ko po ang pagsuporta sa medical need ng aking asawa. I can send you my resume anytime for your reference kung ano po ang trabaho na pwede nyo maipagawa sa akin. Marami po akong alam sa gawaing pang-opisina base po sa mga napasukan kong trabaho. Meron po akong tnt# (0920-382-8394) kung sakali po, by God’s Will, ay meron po kayong mai-bibigay na trabaho sa akin.
    Umaasa po,

    Edwin G. Basale

  15. Chona28 says

    Good Day!!! May na receive po akong txt msg…& it contains: “Ma’am/Sir ur sim # won 2nd prize winner PHP950,000.00 hndog/pangkabuhayan by (Cynthia Villar Foundation) to claim call me now! Im Atty. Ted G. Ayala. DTI NCR#50065 S”2014. Thank you.

    Is this true Ma’am???

  16. PERLA PATRON FELICIANO says

    Sir/Madam:

    Good day po i’m a plain housewife. Gusto ko po sana magtanong kung pwede po ba magpatayo ng coconet weaving dito sa aming lugar. bukod sa matutulungan ko ang aking asawa na maitaguyod ang aming apat na anak. makakatulong din ako sa mga kalugar namin na magkaroon ng hanapbuhay.
    Sana po matugunan nyo ang aking katanungan.
    Maraming salamat po.

    Gumagalang;

    Perla P. Feliciano

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