He has more than what a young man could achieve and ask for; yet he aspires to serve more people, especially the unfortunate.
Whether he’s in the municipal office, in the hospital, in the business firm, in the studio, or anywhere he goes, warmth is felt. His friendly and sunshiny attitudes are some of his assets that surpass his attractive physique. His enthusiasm is contagious!
Dr. Jeff Villalon Asistio bears the name of Caloocan Rep. Luis “Baby” Asistio; yet as the nephew of the remarkable congressman, he paved his way to politics with a different route. His campaign was against all odds because he started to build his own name as a politician in Imus, Cavite. With a chuckle, he shared that there were only a handful of possible voters in Palico, Imus, most of his relatives were in Caloocan. His aspiration to help and to serve the masses drove him to take the risks and challenges of a politician at his mid-30’s. He won the 2010 election as a municipal councilor.
- Of Principles, Potentials and Priorities
When asked of what was his main motivation of joining politics, he seriously responded:
“My main principle is to help unconditionally. Sayang kung wala akong magagawa at hindi ako makakatulong para sa bayan.”
According to Councilor Jeff Asistio, politics has two faces; it can be used for good or for evil, for selfless service or for selfish gain. But he has been determined to be a channel of blessings to others. “Being in the politics is not about your intelligence; it is being practical and being passionate of making the needy people your priority”, he emphasized.
Of Power, Prestige and Privilege
His leadership was honed, being exposed to family business. Aside from being the Vice-President for Operations of a family real estate firm, he is the current President of a general construction company and a forwarding company.
No wonder, he is also prominent in leading their committees at the municipality of Imus, Cavite. He serves as the Committee Head of Good Government, Public Accountability and Chair on People Law Enforcement Board. He is also a member of the following committees: Ordinance and Legal Matters, Ways and Means, Agriculture, Health and Education, and Infrastructure.
He is aware that danger is lurking when power is involved. “Power, prestige, and privileges go along with politics. But if those are your motivating factors, it’s a different story,” he affirmed. “Hindi ka naman forever na nasa posisyon. You have to use your power in a positive way. Authority is needed lalo na kapag alam mo na may naaaping tao…You have to be logical, alam mo dapat kung kelan mali ang isang bagay at alam mo ang mali na hindi dapat gawin. Dapat madiskarte ka, pero dapat walang maaapakang ibang tao, dapat walang naaagrabyado.”
During light moments, he spends time with his group, One KAG; playing air soft in Imus, Cavite. He and his friends are often representing the province and Region IV-A for national air soft competitions. They won several awards.
His name bears it, ASISTIO: Assist You! But he can do more than that!
Note: This is an excerpt of an article from an interview with Councilor Jeff Asistio. The photos are courtesy of Councilor Asistio and the author have the copyright of these photos with this blog. Thanks to Ms. Norie for everything!