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21 Catanduanes Producers to Join Orgullo Kan Bikol Trade Fair

Twenty-one local producers in Catanduanes are joining this year’s Orgullo Kan Bikol (OKB) Trade Fair at the SM Megamall on October 7-10.

The OKB Trade Fair is an annual marketing activity being jointly undertaken by the DTI Region V and the OK Bikol Association Inc., a private organization composed of producers from the 6 Bicol provinces. The purpose of the trade fair is to provide better opportunities for Bicol products to be exposed to a wider range of market.

Catanduanes producers who will participate in this year’s OKB trade fair are (grouped according to products to be displayed): Catanduanes Bazaar, Gloissan Craft, Sudsea Product Co. Ltd., Buyo Caragumoy Product Producers Association and other CARP products, Pandan Women Weavers Association, Nizzach Crafts, Fiber Art Handicraft Enterprises, Lydia’s Native Products, Lucky F. Trading and Handicraft (wearables, fashion accessories and giftwares group); – Etbal Enterprises, Nilda Traquena Furniture and Handicraft (furniture group); Elpedes Pancit Factory, Sarilikha Food Products and Virac Pili Processors Association, Inc. (food group). The RuMEPP, a special program by the DTI, is also sending its own group of four (4) producers.

OKB Bikol is now on its 14th year of staging and is now considered the country’s longest-running DTI-organized fair. For the past 14 years, Catanduanes has for several times earned the “Top Seller” record, averaging sales of about Php2.0M per year. A large bulk of these sales is contributed by the furniture sector.

Boosting Catanduanes’s participation to this annual fair is the DTI’s continuing technical assistance, and the support from the provincial and municipal governments in terms of financial assistance. This coming OKB fair, the provincial government has provided for 50% of the producer’s participation fee and hauling cost, or about P60,000.00. The municipal government of Virac likewise has also extended financial support to Virac Pili Processors Association, Inc.

Interestingly, Valenzuela City Councilor Soledad Shalani, the beauteous girlfriend of President Noynoy Aquino who hails from Catanduanes, is expected to deliver an inspirational message during the opening program for this trade fair. The local producers are anticipating that Ms. Shalani’s presence in this event could open opportunities for them in terms of right connections to support their technical and marketing needs.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 11 October 2010

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