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PIA Press Release
2007/04/18

Mafcon exhibits to feature Camiguin OTOP products, delicacies

by Zita Abellare

Cagayan de Oro City (18 April) -- CAMIGUIN One Town, One Project (OTOP) products and delicacies will be featured in the OTOP Booth to be set up by the Department of Trade and Industry during the upcoming Mindanao Agriculture and Food Convention (Mafcon) at the Grand Caprice Restaurant, Limketkai Center, in Cagayan de Oro City on April 23-25.

Up for exhibit and sale are the island-province’s abaca by-products, virgin coconut oil, world-class coiled nito baskets and jars and the popular delicacies such as the pastel buns of Vjandep Bakeshop, Maestrado Tablea, Soling’s Piniato, and Ampaw, among others.

OTOP-Philippines is a priority program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo designed to promote entrepreneurship and create jobs.

Specifically, it supports micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to manufacture, offer and market distinctive products and services, through the use of indigenous raw materials and local skills and talents.

Under this program, city and municipal government executives take the lead in identifying, developing, and promoting a specific product or service which has a competitive advantage.

Over-all, OTOP offers a comprehensive package through a convergence of services from local government units, national government agencies, and the private sector.

This package includes business counseling, skills and entrepreneurial training, product design and development, appropriate technologies, and marketing.

The program targets MSMEs with an asset of not more than P100 million. The LGUs identify the specific product or service and make available all forms of assistance, while the DTI advocates the program’s ideals and provides the necessary support for the LGUs in the implementation, along with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

In Camiguin, OTOP products being promoted are the virgin coconut oil/integrated coconut processing in Mambajao, abaca and by-products in Catarman and Sagay, bamboocraft in Guinsiliban, and lanzonez in Mahinog.

The OTOP concept is adapted from Japan’s successful One Village, One Product (OVOP) project started in 1979 by Gov. Morihiro Hiramatsu of the Oita Prefecture as a form of people’s participation in the regional development of that country.

Meanwhile, aside from the convention proper and exhibits, primary activities to be conducted during the Mafcon are business matching, technical sessions, farm and plant tours, and city tours.

This convention is organized and hosted by the Chamber of Agricultural Fisheries and Food Industries of Northern Mindanao (CAFFINORMIN).

Co-organizers are Office of the President in Northern Mindanao, Mindanao Economic Development Council, City Government of Cagayan de Oro, Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, Regional Development Council, Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM), United States Assistance for International Development (USAID), Department of Agriculture, and National Agriculture and Fisheries Council.

Mafcon cooperators include the National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Tourism, DTI, DAR, PhilExport, Northern Mindanao Shippers Association (Norminsa), Xavier University College of Agriculture, and Philippine National Police (PNP-10). (DTI-Camiguin/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]

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