Jose Antonio Miguel Yatco Perez, a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, firstentered public service when he was elected as city councilor in 2013. His advocacy for youth development, bringing services closer to the people, and involving the business sector in the community were huge factors in his election as the youngest vice mayor of the City of Alaminos in the 2016 elections.
As the head of the legislative branch, he moved to streamline legislative work, raised the level of staff efficiency and professionalism, and created spaces for citizen involvement in good governance. By thinking out of the box and maximizing available resources, like public library services, Vice Mayor Anton was able to connect various initiatives to constituents, especially to those most in need. These include landmark programs, like Araw ng Pagbasa (increasing interest in reading books), Aklatang Pambarangay (promoting community cooperation in gathering reading resources), Bola Kontra Droga (anti-illegal drugs awareness), and Tech4Ed computer literacy lessons to the marginalized sectors, to name a few. He also pushed young leaders to be active in their areas by doing peer tutoring to fellow students.
In the 2019 elections, a landslide victory enabled Vice Mayor Anton to continue building on his initial advocacies. He remains true to the adage “service above self”—be a person for others—a learning that has been enriched through the Young Leaders for Good Governance Fellowship Program. As a fellow, he promotes the creation of opportunities in involving people in policymaking. Not only does he put much importance on policymaking as a shared responsibility between leaders and constituents, but that it is a tool to create and institutionalize lasting change. He leads the Sanggunian in nurturing unity and partnership with civil society organizations, like fostering their participation in “session sa barangay” and public consultations, so that they become active agents in preparing and shaping a brighter future for the City of Alaminos.