Alan Peter Cayetano takes campaign to cyberspace



Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. RYAN LEAGOGO/ FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—If there are e-weddings, e-funerals, and e-graduations, why not e-campaigns?

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano did just that on Friday afternoon, when he engaged five overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from across Asia, Europe and North America in a live video conference, all from the comfort of an auditorium at the Mind Museum in Taguig city.

The virtual exchange is part of Cayetano’s reelection campaign as he embarks on his “listening tours” among various sectors to promote his “Presyo, Trabaho, Kita” (prices, employment, wages) labor platform.

He has dedicated this week to OFWs, which in the past few days saw the candidate flying to Hong Kong to meet with Filipino workers based in the former Crown colony, and conducting surprise visits at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

For his e-campaign, Cayetano simply tapped the free video chat service Google+ Hangouts to field questions from Cherry Lyn Zulueta, a factory worker in Japan; Cristina Boston, a house help in Paris; Jennifer Matorosa, a caregiver in Taiwan; Reynabel Bataler, a salon helper in Saudi Arabia; and Steven Raga, a lawyer in New York.

At the auditorium in Bonifacio Global City, the live-streaming of the group video chat was attended by local students, and was moderated by celebrity host Bianca Gonzales. The chat was also streamed live through Cayetano’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“From what I’ve seen of OFWs, especially in Hong Kong, most of them have laptops and Facebook accounts. Our government should adapt to them. With just simple technological know-how, we can link and reach Filipinos around the world,” Cayetano explained to reporters, after the two-hour-long video conference.

Cayetano promoted the use of social media for government agencies and OFWs to address problems quickly and easily.

“As part of the bid to extend the reach of our agencies, a social media officer must be put in place to coordinate with OFWs all over the world,” Cayetano suggested.

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    What’s the Cayetano official website? His Facebook account nothing really there but good EPAL only. No answers only questions.

  • salomeahmad

    para sabihin na sa forefront of high tech, e katamaran yan.

  • BatangSingapore

    talo na yan si cayetano. mga batas na ginagawa nya pang pro-mayaman at anti-poor. bistado na pagkatao ng hayop na cayetano na yan. NO TO POLITICAL DYNASTY. NO TO TEAM PATAY aka TEAM ABNOY.

  • medipobladoor

    Ang balita, nagkamabutihan na ang mga Cayetanos at mga Arroyos, kaya nanahimik na si Alan. Magkano Sen. Alan?

  • Leah De Leon

    Go, Sen Alan!! Don’t mind those guys here na WALANG GINAWA kundi manira. Uunlad ba ang buhay ng pinoy sa paninira nila? At least your listening tour may mga natutulungan na OFW.

  • Leah De Leon

    At least someone is using the social media networks and technology to reach out to our Kababayans. Di ba? Kesa naman gamitin na pangsira ng reputation ng kapwa. Let us all help one another in any possible way we could. Technology was made for convenience so why not use it to be more efficient?

  • Richard Padua

    Iba nagagawa ng listening tour ni Sen Cayetano. Nalalaman niya talaga mga hinaing ng mamayanan. Buti pati OFWs natin nakaexperience ng listening tours. Kailangan nila ng encouragement sa ating mga mambabatas. Salamat Senador Cayetano!

  • Anthony Fernandez

    Cool! Will do this to talk to my loved ones abroad. Thanks to this article I got to know about google hangout. Sen Alan, I love your tech savvy mediums to communicate your platforms!


    ok, ok. with your e-campaigns, I will give you your e-vote. Ok ba yan?

  • karunungan32

    The thing about cayetano is he can keep doing his listening tours and show that he listens. great! everybody happy bigla with him? based on his history, you do know he wont do a thing?

  • gigi2312

    he keeps acting as if he cares but in reality we see nothing improving when he’s in office. don’t be fooled folks, he wants you all to think he cares, win the elections, then do the useless work for our country. that’s alan peter for you

  • DonkeyKong1

    ayos ah! spreading his lies that he cares outside the country!

  • AriannaDraws

    hayz cayetano, oo kuha mo ung mga issues at problema ng mga OFW’s, ung mga bagong issues na yan? pila yan sa mga agencies, kasi sobrang dami na issues dati na hindi pa na resolve. sa totoo lang wala mag iba. galing cayetano….parang wala lang…

  • disqusted0fu

    Cayetano is probably the candidate with most ads in general especially on TV. He must have very deep funds. And of course it also helps a lot that he is a candidate under team pnoy.

  • Lorence Caronggo

    Alan and Pia got financial help from the Arroyos during 2004 elections. Pia was then seeking a Senate seat and Alan was aiming for the congressional seat of Taguig-Pateros.

  • felix semondo

    Ito ang sabi ni Mike Arroyo sa isang media interview: “During the 2004 campaign, Alan and Pia came to me, saying, ‘Tito, we have no money anymore, not even money for watchers.”

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