Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes greet Sec Joel Villanueva on his 40th birthday


Couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes have greeted Secretary Joel Villanueva on his 40th birthday on Sunday through Youtube. Dantes  celebrated his 35th birthday also on August 2.

Technical Education & Skills Development Authority Director General Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

Thousands of Villanueva’s followers in Facebook and other social media platforms have been greeting Secretary Joel. Others are expressing their gratitude on helping them to be successful through TESDA.

Joel’s father, Bro Eddie Villanueva, Founder of the Jesus Is Lord Church, tweeted:

Who is Joel Villanueva?

Secretary Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva is the Representative of the Citizens Battle Against Corruption or CIBAC Party List during the 12th, 13th, and 14th Congresses. In his first term, he became the “Benjamin of the House” or the youngest member of the House of Representatives. In the 14th Congress, he became the first party list representative member and minority leader of the Commission on Appointments. He is also one of the principal sponsors of Republic Act 9485 or the Anti Red-Tape Law of 1997.

In July 2010, President Benigno Aquino III appointed him as Director-General of TESDA with a cabinet rank.

Sec. Joel received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree, major in Economics, at the University of Santo Tomas in 1996. He is also that year’s leadership awardee. From 1996 to 1998, he took up a graduate study in Business Administration at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. In May 2013, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines awarded him Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa.

He is proud of being a certified Barista after completing an Advanced Food and Beverage Services course at TESDA. It is a 124-hour course designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, behavior and motivations in accordance with industry standards on providing specialist advice on food or wine and preparing and serving espresso coffee to guests.

As an athlete, he played for the varsity team which won UST the UAAP championship and represented the Philippines twice in international competitions held in Taiwan and Malaysia in 1994 and 1995, respectively.

Aside from his current work in the government, Sec. Joel hosts the TV show “Adyenda” and heads one of the biggest youth organizations in the country, the Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan Movement (KKB).

As the manager of the tech-voc sector in the country, he ensures that the Filipino youth get foundational, transferable and technical skills. He makes use of his leadership skills to steer programs and activities that can groom the Filipino youth for better employment options, a productive life, and a better future through relevant skills training. As a result, he has been recognized for his contributions in public service and influence in development agenda through quality tech-voc:

Doctor of Humanities, Honor’s Causa. For his accomplishments as a youth leader, legislator, anti-corruption crusader and prime mover of quality TVET in the country, he was conferred Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) on May 10, 2013.
“DEVEX Manila 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders Award”. For his role in shaping the development agenda and making an observable development impact, he was awarded “40 Under 40 International Development Leaders” on February 19, 2013 by the US-based Development Executive Group (DevEx).
“Gawad Dangal ng Lipi for Public Service Award”. For his role as one of today’s modern heroes and outstanding sons of the province of Bulacan who excelled in the field of public service, the Provincial Government of Bulacan awarded him “Gawad Dangal ng Lipi for Public Service” on September 15, 2012.
“Most Outstanding Alumni Award”. For his exemplary performance in the government, he was recognized as the “Most Outstanding Alumni” by his alma mater, the University of Sto. Tomas.
Sec. Joel Villanueva is committed to help Filipinos to see their specialty and take pride in the dignity of their work through innovative, unique, relevant, and exciting technical vocational education and training (TVET) in the Philippines.

Today, I realized that it is not the award you get for the work but the work itself –
the work that helped many Filipinos uplift their standard of living, and the work
that gave our kababayans’ hope and faith in themselves.”
– Sec. Joel Villanueva

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