Profile of Hon. Joel J. Villanueva
Three-term Representative, CIBAC Party List
The life of Joel J. Villanueva is best described by basketball, his beloved sport.
Basketball is a sport of resolute commitment. Until the last second of the game, you are committed to perform your best. Just like inside the court, Congressman Villanueva’s commitment to public service is resolute.
He brings with him a long experience in government work as he assumes his most recent public service assignment, Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with a Cabinet Rank.
Elected into public office of national level at the age of 25 through the Party List system, Congressman Villanueva became the Benjamin of the 12th Congress. The Benjamin is a title and recognition accorded to the youngest member of the House of Representatives.
Albeit very young and on his first term, he was committed to prove his worth to his constituents and to his colleagues. In the 12th Congress, he was able to sponsor a remarkable total of 12 legislations which are of utmost significance to the country. One of those was the historic Republic Act 9189 or the Overseas Absentee Voting Act. This law empowered Filipino overseas into participating in elections, many of them are overseas Filipino workers.
His performance during his first term in Congress carried him into election to his second and third terms (2004 to 2007 and 2007 to 2010). He was the principal author of another landmark law, Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act. This law seeks to effectively reduce red tape in the bureaucracy to ensure better and more efficient service to the public.
His competence in the Lower House catapulted him into membership to the very powerful bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA). He holds the title of the youngest-ever member of the CA and the first CA member representing a Party List.
He was also elected Secretary General of the regional anti-corruption body, Southeast Asia Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC).
His accomplishments as a legislator are matched by his resolute commitment to empower the Filipino youth. Despite the very busy life that his work requires of him, he still continues to inspire, guide and lead the youth as the National Chairman of Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan (KKB). KKB is one of the biggest youth organizations in the country, having been organized in all provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Its effectiveness as an organization empowering the youth spilled over to the international front with the foundation of its international sister, the Christian Youth for the Nations which has chapters in 48 countries.