The AWARDS Program is manage by the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), a hub of advocacies, activities and actions to help poor Filipinos.

Empowering the poor and underprivileged has been a key advocacy of the Villar Foundation since it was established in 1995 by its Founding Chairman and Former Senate President Manny Villar and Senator Cynthia Villar. The Villar SIPAG plays a key role in the foundation’s efforts to combat poverty among Filipinos.

The Villar SIPAG serves as home of all their efforts and endeavors in fulfilling their advocacies. It is more than a showcase of the Villar’s past, present and future efforts to reduce poverty in the country. It is a working hub and proactive center. Its name alone highlights and promotes the value of hard work as a tool in overcoming poverty. The Villar SIPAG wil guide, train, teach and empower womenfolk, the youth, jobless and even relatives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to uplift their lives as well as enhance their skills and know-how.


  1. To recognize outstanding initiatives of community enterprises as models of good practices in income poverty reduction;
  2. To document and share these outstanding initiatives through the Villar SIPAG Poverty Knowledge Management Resource Center;
  3. To inspire exchange, transfer or adaption of these outstanding initiatives to other places in the country through action, research, capacity building, conferences and symposia, and
  4. To enhance capabilities in reducing poverty of women, youth cooperatives, farmers’ organizations and local governments.


  1. The process starts with direct submission of application form and requirements needed from the community enterprise which shall be sent to [email protected] on or before November 2022 with the subject “2022 VSA – [Name of Social Enterprise]”.
  2. Once submitted, the National Screening Committee (NSC) of the 2022 Villar Sipag Awardson Poverty Reduction will assessall submitted applications and come up with the Top 40 Community Enterprises.
  3. The Top 40 Community Enterprises will be scheduled for site validation by the National Screening Committee. Based from the site validation, the National Screening Committee will choose the Top 20 Community Enterprises and schedule them for the Final Interview.
  4. The Top 20 Community Enterprises will undergo a Final Interview wherin they will have a 10 minute presentation followed by the question and answer portion.
  5. After the final interview, the NSC members will deliberate on their preference for the 20 Most Outstanding Community Enterprise who will each receive a bamboo trophy and cash incentives of TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS (P250,000.00). the cash incentives should be used to start a new enterprise or expand the existing enterprise.


The Community Enterprise:

  • Must be at least 5 years in operation;
  • Has shown significant results like increase in income of members and creation of jobs;
  • Must be owned and managed by community;
  • Has local residents as members; and
  • Uses own revenues, not subsidies or grants for its core operations.


  1. EFFECTIVENESS – the degree to which the initiative has achieved tangible results like increase in household income or creation of jobs
  2. SIGNIFICANCE – the degree to which the program addresses the problem of income poverty in a community
  3. FINANCIAL VIABILITY – the degree to which the enterprise is able to generate its own income sufficient enough to meet its core operating expenses and financial obligations as well as being able to invest in its future growth and development
  4. SUSTAINABILITY – the degree to which the enterprise will continue to operate in the long term; being able to balance the need to generate income at the same being concerned about conservation, protection and restoration of the environment; having the organizational capacity to continue to achieve its enterprise goals;
  5. ADAPTABILITY – the degree to which the initiative or parts of it has been successfully adapted by others or shows promise of being adapted by others.