VIGAN CITY – The tandem of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte and his running mate, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, vowed to address high prices and low wages during their political their political sortie in this city recently.
Duterte and Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, presidential and vice presidential candidates under the PDP Laban, went to Vigan City, Ilocos Sur as part of their “Ronda Serye” listening tour.
The duo talked to ordinary citizens, particularly food vendors in Plaza Burgos, Vigan. The vendors cited high prices and the lack of meaningful livelihood programs as some of the issues that add to the disorder and misery in their daily lives.
As a response, Duterte and Cayetano pushed for the creation of a Department of Culture and National Heritage, which will be responsible for the promotion and preservation of historical and heritage sites. The tandem explained that the department will help spur region-specific tourism in different provinces and create employment and other livelihood opportunities for ordinary people.
“This is in line with our call for federalism. Through this, we will hit two birds with one stone. We will promote our tourism industry in the regions and end the country’s disorder by addressing the livelihood needs of the people,” Cayetano said.
Cayetano explained that food vendors can double as tourist/history guides. He said that this will add to their daily earnings and improve their purchasing power amid the fluctuating prices of goods and services.
The senator also cited his Presyo, Trabaho, Kita (PTK) program as another measure, which can give citizens ample opportunities to address problems on high prices of goods, lack of jobs, and low income. In Ilocos, 2,155 people from different sectors have benefitted from Cayetano’s PTK program which provides easy access to capital with a flexible system of loan payment.
“People need leaders with a clear vision, political will and strength of character to provide bold solutions to their daily woes like high prices and low wages. This is what Mayor Duterte and I offer in this election,” he concluded.#