This article caught my attention because it features the photo of Peter, a local vendor I have talked to for many years. He has been involved in commission sales of tours and timeshare for many years. I always avoided timeshare sales people but always stopped to talk with Peter wherever I saw him working on the island.
For 10 years he has been working for a commission on the sale of tours and packages. In its early days in high season his income was 40 thousand pesos for commissions every month.Now in the best months, he is fortunate to reach 12 thousand pesos. He supports a wife and four children on this.
Like many who work on the island, he is considering moving to the mainland and leaving the family behind on the island. Peter points out the area of the main square is dead and local government does little or nothing to attract tourists to the area.
I hope things improve for him. I am seen him working hard to support his family for years.