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PIA Press Release
2008/11/10

DTI sets 3rd OTOP Visayas Fair Nov. 12-16 at SM City Cebu

Cebu City (November 10) -- A five-day fair that showcases an array of native products and items great for holiday gifts for the coming Christmas season dubbed the '3rd One Town One Product (OTOP) Visayas Island Fair' on November 12-16 at the SM City Cebu Atrium promises to be another best selling marketing event this year.

More than a hundred entrepreneurs from Central, Eastern and Western Visayas regions will be selling their wares ranging from souvenir items, novelty items, gift items to home decors, natural fiber, processed food, footwear and wearables.

The Department of Industry (DTI-7), a prime mover of every OTOP Fair event in the region, will set-up a special setting showcasing different raw materials and how it can be transformed into novelty artworks to attract more exporters.

"We would like to show to the public, especially our institutional buyers, what other natural resources the Visayas has to offer through the "Raw Materials Showcase", DTI-7 regional director Asteria Caberte said.

Raw materials on display at the trade fair will include Kawayan Tinik, Gmelina or Melina, Ipil-ipil, Fibers of Banana plant, Fossilized Flowers, Corn, Recycled Materials, Woven Fibers, Coconut Husk, Bayog, Tinik, Tickling, Bolo, Lanao, Buho, Fossilized/ Skeletonized Leaves, among others.

Caberte added that for this year's trade activity, new products and new designs will be offered for sale and order-taking. "We hope to generate robust sales with the coming holiday season."

Several new products and designs coming from the different MSMEs were developed thru the product development efforts of the DTI. "Products under the One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) program will be the main feature in this fair," Caberte said.

A side activity during the trade fair is a financing forum on November 14 at the SM City Cebu function room.

The financing forum will have representatives from DBP, LBP, Quedancor, SB Corp. and Planters Bank as speakers. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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