Despite his comfortable upbringing, Atayde has always been sensitive to the needs of the less fortunate around him. And so, the actor and aspiring public official is turning his back at the pinnacle of his career to do what he believes is right.
SHOWBIZ celebrity Arjo Atayde emerged as the leader in a survey of candidates for Quezon City’s first district.
In the survey conducted from March 17 to 20 by Istratehiya Inc., Atayde notched 74.9 percent.
The survey’s criteria included a candidate’s intelligence, honesty, toughness and the ability to understand the poor.
“I am grateful that the survey shows that I am leading, but I urge voters to be vigilant and responsible,” Atayde said.
“We still have several weeks until the day of the elections and we should not be complacent just because of favorable survey results. There is still much work to be done. We all have to work hand in hand in ensuring that a clean and honest election will happen come May 9,” he said.
Atayde said that he is focused on informing voters about what he plans to do for the district.
“Hindi ko na po pinapansin ang mga anonymous na naninira sa akin (I’ve ignored anonymous attempts to malign me), my focus is to inform the voters about what I plan to do for the district,” he said.
He said that what the district’s families needed was “HELP” and not black propaganda.
HELP stands for Health, Education, Livelihood, and Peace and order.
“Based on our conversations and discussions with the residents of the district, these are the top concerns in the area,” Atayde said.
“When we resume the campaign after the Holy Week break, we will start discussing the specifics of these programs, but definitely, these will center on providing HELP,” he said.
Atayde promised to work with the Quezon City government and national agencies to provide his constituents livelihood opportunities, address issues regarding public transportation, improve health care and provide educational assistance to young people.