Davao is second in national trade fair

May. 26, 2008

DAVAO Region was declared second placer in terms of sales performance during the recently held National Trade Fair (NTF) in Manila.

According to the tally of the five-day event, Davao Region raked in 4.72 million pesos out of the 32.031 million pesos total sales. Davao City made 46 percent or 2.19 million pesos of the sales, Davao Oriental made 37.49 percent or 1.76 million pesos and the other areas accounted for the rest. 14 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from different areas of Davao region were in attendance at the event.

Davao Oriental’s One Town One Product (OTOP) likewise made a good showing at the event and a United States-based company entered into a supply arrangement worth 1.34 million pesos for the province’s coconut baskets.

The coconut baskets were the prototype in the OTOP development project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in southern Mindanao. These and other OTOP projects were displayed in a special setting within the NTF’s venue.

DTI assistant regional director Marizon Loreto said the region’s laudable performance only shows that preparations made before the event were helpful to the participants. These SMEs actually received a full-cycle package of assistance from DTI. They underwent seminars and trainings such as product development and advisory course which included the development of the participants’ negotiation skills, she said.

This year’s NTF focused on the theme The Best of the Islands, wherein the diversity of products manufactured from different areas in the Philippines was highlighted. The regions utilized locally-grown raw materials for their products to set them apart from the rest.

Regional participants to the event were: Crystal Seas and Handcrafted Products, Porky Best Products and Kanegie Food from Davao City; RV Berato Pebble and Concrete Products and Mandaya Dabaw Dagmay and Weaving from Davao Oriental; RER Lumad Designs, SR Mango Processors Cooperative, Elisha’s Food Products, and AG Pacific Nutriceutical Corporation from Davao del Sur; King Real Laundry Manufacturing and Cocolife Cooperative from Compostela Valley Province; and Silagan Handicrafts and Lucille’s Food Products from Davao del Norte.

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