Local News: NP to Forge New Political Coalition in Two Weeks’ Time
The Nacionalista Party (NP) of which she belongs to and which Senator Manuel Villar Jr. is the acknowledged top gun could enter into a coalition with other political parties soon and within two weeks from now, senatoriable Mrs. Cynthia Villar, who was in Bacolod City last Saturday as guest speaker during the induction of officers of the Rotary Club if Bacolod City, presently headed by Senior Supt. Roderick Alba, said in answer to a question as to whether it will forge an alliance with other political parties soon.
CYNTHIA VILLAR - with members of the Bacolod Media in a recent visit to the City as the Villar Foundation celebrates its 20th year of helping people and changing lives.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Mrs. Cynthia Villar, who is widely known to be running for senator said during an interview with journalists in a local hotel while waiting to deliver a speech as guest of the Rotary Club of Bacolod. Villar, who landed within the winning circle in a recent Asia Pulse survey of senatorial bets, said tersely that the Nacionalista Party (NP) could forge a coalition with one of the political parties in the country within two weeks from now, after the meeting of its directorate. The majority Liberal Party (LP) and its topranking leaders have approached the NP earlier, offering to coalesce with it. But that will come within two weeks, said Mrs. Villar.
The party could have forged an alliance with other political parties earlier, but Senator Villar and most senior political personalities were busy at work with the Corona impeachment hearing.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Villar pointed out that among her major advocacies were providing jobs for women and carrying out livelihood programs, the environment and education.
An advertisement in a national television in fact, showed a woman whose husband is in jail and who has to feed several children and who is earning good income from a livelihood project since put in place, initiated by Senator and Mrs. Villar, and which is at the moment operating in their home city of Las Piñas in Rizal Province.
All of the programs including services provided by the Villar Foundation, a coconut plant using coconut husks for making various handicraft projects, a fertilizer plant from garbage and once - useless water lilies and hyacinths, have been providing jobs for hundreds of families in the city.
Mrs. Villar indicated that because their first client was an aspiring OFW, it turned out they are also doing the program because they have been eternally grateful to OFWs who have helped them.
Months back, an Ilongga OFW’s remains who died in Lebanon when the building they were staying in collapsed, was brought by the Villar Foundation to La Castellana town after its return to her hometown was facilitated by the foundation.
It is not just because they want or she wants votes that they are carrying out these programs, being carried out by the Villar Foundation.
Yes, they were willing to start a livelihood project in Bacolod City but the initiator maybe, a civic club or a people’s Non-Government Organization (NGO) must put up a counterpart fund because by doing so, they have a stake in it and that it will be sustained by them for years on end.
Because their heart is for the poor and the marginalized, they too, having started from scratch, Mrs. Villar said they have chosen livelihood programs and projects which could lift them up from abject poverty and penury. The twin of anti-poverty livelihood programs as far as she and the senator and their people are concerned, should be environment which in fact they are doing in Las Piñas and other areas when she was a congresswoman and head of the Congressional and senatorial spouses foundation.
She said they are determined to do something about the problems in the country and by becoming a senator, a public official as senator Villar is and she if she wins, it will greatly enhance their capability to help and sustain their advocacy for the people and improve their lives.*