Ayla is the youngest Councilor in the history of the City of Mandaluyong. Garnering an overwhelming number of votes despite limited campaign resources, Councilor Alim at a young age of 23 ranked third among the winning councilors mostly dominated by experienced politicians.
Councilor Alim is a product of the private school system from Elementary to High School. A consistent honor student from the Concordia College and Paco Catholic School in Manila, she value education as the principal tool to elevate one's plight especially from rising above poverty and ignoranc.
Councilor Alim then studied Political Science at the University of the Philippines. After graduation she served as the Barangay Kagawad of the biggest barangay in the City - Barangay Addition Hills. She pursued her Bachelor of Laws degree at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. In 2012, She became a recipient of the Special Award in Public Service and passed the Bar Examinations while serving her first term as City Councilor.
Councilor Alim is actively involved with various organizations both religious and civic. She was elected as officer of the Samahan sa Mandaluyong ng mga Kagawad ng Barangay - the city-wide organization of all barangay kagawads in the City in her first and only term as kagawad. She is an active member of the Society of Lectors and Commentators at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy and also the current chair of the Committee on Community Services of the Rotary Club of Greater Mandaluyong.
As Councilor, she initiated various projects aimed at supporting the education of young people through scholarships and trainings, providing medicinal assistance to indigents and offering free legal assistance to her constituents who mostly are economically challenged and living in impoverished conditions. In 2013, Councilor Alim was the only councilor in the Philippines to receive the prestigious Young Leaders Program scholarship, which is awarded by the Japanese Government to brilliant and promising leaders of the country. She is now in her second term as city councilor. She is a practicing lawyer and the chair of the Committee on Women, Family Relations, Social Services and Human Rights of the 9th Council of the City of Mandaluyong.