Cayetano brings listening tour to empanada makers


REELECTIONIST Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano eats a Vigan empanada that he prepared during a campaign stop at Plaza Burgos in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Richard Balonglong / INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

VIGAN CITY—Reelectionist Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Saturday stopped at the stalls selling empanada (meat and cabbage fritter) at Plaza Burgos here not only to taste the delicacy but to engage vendors in his advocacy of PTK (presyo, trabaho, kita, or price, jobs and income).

Cayetano, who is running with the administration Team PNoy, tried cooking empanada and later sat down with about

15 empanada and ukoy (shrimp fritter) vendors at the plaza for his “listening tour.”

By listening to their stories, Cayetano said he learned the concerns of the country’s ordinary laborers and wage earners.

Joela Ponciano, 43, of Barangay Pantay Daya here, said empanada vendors considered summer the peak season because of the festivals being staged in Ilocos Sur’s heritage city.

While Ponciano said many stall owners would earn between P15,000 and P20,000 a day during the peak season, they had to deduct the P7,000 capital and wages of their employees from the day’s earnings, leaving them little profit.

Ponciano said empanada makers found it hard to earn during the lean season, when the city does not host festivals or big conventions and seminars.

“We are then forced to go 5-6,” she said, referring to loan sharks.

Ponciano said they would repay a P5,000 loan, with an interest of P1,000, in 45 days, through daily collections by the lender.

Cayetano raised the possibility of the national government coming to their aid by offering capital with minimal interest.

In his talk with the vendors, Cayetano said he would prioritize legislation that would support education to help low-income families.

He said tuition alone eats up 30 percent of a family’s budget for education, while the rest goes to miscellaneous fees and other school expenses.  Leoncio Balbin Jr., Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • MJ Yansi

    Mahilig talagang manghuthot ng pera ang mga Cayetano tapos pag walang nang mahuthot, tatraydorin na ang mga taong hinuthutan nila.

  • Elfie Soriano

    Matindi talaga pala ang mga ugali ng Cayetano, tinulungan na nga, trinaydor pa, inahas, tinira pa, siniraan pa! Lupit!

  • curatolo

    Sa tingin mo ba mga tindera, pag naboto a tnanalo yan, maalala pa kaya nya napagusapan ninyo?.HIndi na kasi nalimutan na kayo pag ka tapos ng eleksyon.

  • Charles Lynel F. Joven

    this guy’s so-called PTK advocacy is plain bullsh$t….you never see him in sidewalks or public markets after the election’s over…and he hasn’t shared his PDAF with Visayas or Mindanao…

  • OhDelilah

    hanep si alan peter cayetano ah! hoy magnanakaw ka!

  • Erarara

    Nakanampu ta to si Alan Cayetano! mahiya ka nga sa mga ginagawa mo! ibalik mo muna ang pera ng taongbayan! ! !

    • GatasNgCow

      ang ninakaw nyang pera mula sa C5 project ba ang binabanggit mo? Totoo na pinagnakawan nya ang pera natin kaya nga hindi makakakuha ng suporta ang hayup na yan dito sa Vigan!

  • Floridahhh

    Alan Cayetano mula sa angkan ng mga magnanakaw! wag iboto ang walangyang iyan!

    • GeorginaBilson

      hinding hindi ko iboboto ang tulad nyang magnanakaw!

  • klepto

    on the prowl si alan, naghahanap ng uten na pwede ma tsupa

  • cari_gundo

    Enough of political dynasties, enough of
    Cayetano in Congress

  • Guest

    Alan Cayetano for senator? No way. Greedy politicians have no place in my ballot

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