MMDA Traffic Enforcer selling kakanin recommended for promotion
It pays to go viral
The love from Internet users might’ve warmed Fernando Gonzales’s heart, but his boss is giving him a better reward. On Tuesday, the Philippine Star reported that Gonzales, an MMDA Traffic Enforcer by day and kakanin vendor on other days, has been recommended for a promotion.
Gonzales met with MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, who praised his amusing and honest way to earn additional money. However, the chairman made sure that selling kakanin didn’t interfere with the job.
"Actually po hindi ko naman po iyon sinasabay sa trabaho. During day off lang po, tuwing Saturday at Sunday lang po. Monday to Friday puro trabaho lang po yun. Wala po akong iniisip nun kung hindi mapaluwag lang po yung trapik. Kaya naman po ako nagtitinda para po makatulong sa aking may bahay, sa aking mga anak sa kanilang pag-aaral. Nung sinabi po ni misis na marunong siyang gumawa ng kakanin naisip ko po na baka pwedeng magbenta po ako," Gonzales said.
He also shared that he thought he would be reprimanded for selling kakanin, "Naka-uniform ako kasi ’pag nakaordinaryong damit po ako hindi naman po sila bibili e."
Gonzales has been with the MMDA since 1990 and earns P15,000 a month. When asked if he was ever tempted to take a bribe, he responded affirmatively, but explained that he was too afraid of losing his job, "Sa kalagayan po namin, hindi na po uso iyon [extortion]. Konting pagkakamali mo lang, tanggal ka na. Minsan po natukso ako, pero naisip ko na huwag na lang po."