Saturday, October 31, 2009

OK Bikol Trade Fair with Gayon Bikol

The 13th Orgullo kan Bikol regional trade fair showcased anew Bicol’s best products last October 22-25 at the SM Mega Mall Megatrade Hall 2 in Mandaluyong City.

As said by DTI Bicol regional director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco, this year’s featured products included “wearables, home furnishings, gifts and holiday decors, and food with special setting on “bayong”, creative handicrafts, and OTOP.”

Supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) Bicol regional offices, “Gayon Bikol sa OK Bikol” also featured the best tourist destinations in the region, giving the event an appealing socio-cultural touch.

There were a total of 134 Bicolano entrepreneurs who showcased their products during the exhibit. Among the six provinces comprising Bicol, Albay had the biggest number of exhibitors with 33 MSMEs, followed by Camarines Sur with 24, Sorsogon with 14, Catanduanes 9, Camarines Norte 6, and Masbate 5. Aside from the regular MSMEs assisted by DTI, 43 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) beneficiaries/entrepreneurs were able to join OKB, also with the assistance of DTI.

The keynote address during the opening program was delivered by Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda (also the Bicol Regional Development Council chair) last October 22, 2009, 10:00 AM at SM Mega Mall.

The fair promoted market linkages with the players in the travel industry, trade buyers and investors to further boost Bicol’s tourism, trade and investment potentials.

OK Bikol is a project of the DTI-Region V, Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region V, OK Bikol Association, PhilExport Bicol and local government units (LGUs). The official sponsors of OK Bikol Trade Fair with Gayon Bikol are: ABS-CBN, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism, One Town One Product (OTOP) Philippines, PHILEXPORT, and Megatrade Hall.


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