Joselito Villegas Paras is a former government official; a Councilor, a Board Member and a Vice-Mayor.
He is called by his friends and relatives and supporters as "Litoy", "Dong", "Lit", "Sir". He grew up in a middle class but decent and well-respected family in Hibaiyo, Guihulngan. His direct family has been in politics for more than seven decades. His father Jose was a Physician, an M.D. and a former provincial board member of Negros Oriental province and his mother was a former mayor, the only lady mayor of Guihulngan, and a very religious woman. Joselito is also a religious man; a member of the Catholic Charismatic movement, Knights of Columbus, and the Couples for Christ, these three are religious organizations. Though inactive in these religious organizations with valid reasons but personally active in his private worship to God and we know in the Sacred Scripture that said we do not have to shout to the world what good or almsgiving we do. I believe that’s what he is doing like most religious persons.
The family of his mother, the Villegas family, a native Negrense has been in politicssince 1900s that held different positions in the government. His two brothers were former Congressmen of the first district of Negros Oriental for more than two decades in 1987 to 2007. He belongs to a very large family. Like some of the members of his family he also could not refuse the people who had urged him to join politics because he wanted to serve them. He then joined politics in 1998 and was elected as a Councilor of Guihulngan and then a Board Member and then a Vice-Mayor of Guihulngan magnanimously. He graduated in the college of business administration major in management, he studied law in U.E. until he got married and begot children he went back to his hometown; and after that politics held him to serve the public.
Before he joined politics, after he got married and had children, he was a member and then a group chief of React NegOr 1, a radio communication volunteering group that helps people in times of emergency and calamity and they were doing that. He love to serve people. He was a group chief of React NegOr 1 and he was their chief if he had not resigned. He resigned just because of the request of his supporters that wanted him to join politics and because of a higher calling to serve more people. He had served in different positions in the government remarkably. During his incumbency as a government official; through his efforts there were many projects that he gave to the people from his different positions mostly from his provincial PDAF of the board members, from that he gave vehicles, goat dispersal, road rehabilitation, municipal stages, large canvasses (trapal) for barangays, school lot, school tables and chairs, medicines, lots of medicines, handheld communication devices, aircondition, photocopier, motorcycles, water pipes and manymore. He legislated ordinances and resolutions for the good of the province, the first district and Guihulngan. He also helped people from his own meager pocket money.
"Once a politician always a politician" as the local saying goes but Honorable Joselito Villegas Paras or Honorable as his constituency and supporters always called him during his incumbency because he was an honest, reliable, competent, trustworthy politician, worthy of people's trust, in short, a good politician but he did not want to be called a politician but rather a good government official or good public servant. He did not close his doors to politics but he is open to any government position for he is still young and able and because he still want to serve the public and make good to improve the people's life. He prayed to God for guidance in the politica arena. He is hopeful for good happenings to come. He ended his terms in the government in 2007 with a name untainted by anomaly and corruption.