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Local Firms Earn P2.75M from OK Bikol Trade Fair

Producers from Catanduanes amassed a total of P2.75M in sales at the recent Orgullo Kan Bikol (OKB) Regional Trade Fair held at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Ten companies coming from the Food (4), Wearables (4) and Home Furnishing (2) sectors participated in the annual regional activity of the Department of Trade and Industry on October 22 to 25, 2009. The companies were: Belen’s Pinahamis na Pili, Elpedes Pancit Factory, Sarilikha Food Products, JERDLMS (Food); ETBal Enterprises and FiberArt Handicraft (Home Furnishing); Nicole’s Embroideries, Nizacch Crafts & Gift Items/Ale’s Handicraft and Catanduanes CARP (Wearables).

Among the six provinces of the Bicol Region, Catanduanes took 3rd place in aggregate sales, with the bulk of the sales coming from the Home Furnishing sector as expected. A total of 142 regional exhibitors joined the OKB ’09.

Congressman Joseph A. Santiago and Gov. Joseph C. Cua extended financial assistance to the exhibitors through the Catanduanes Producers Association, Inc. (CPAI) headed by Cesar Angeles as president. The amount was spent for promo materials, hauling of products, traveling expenses and payment of participation fees.

Governor Joey Salceda of Albay graced the event as the guest speaker while visitors from Catanduanes were DOTC Assec. Cesar Sarmiento, Catanduanes Colleges president Toy Gianan and Rolando Iñigo together with his wife. Serving as partner agencies of OKB ’09 were PhilExport, in its bid to strengthen export tie-ups, and the Department of Tourism, which has strived to promote the Bicol Region as a prime tourist destination.

Source: DTI Catanduanes

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