Capiz products find new break in ‘wow’ event
Roxas City (18 October) -- Locally made products will be given another break in the regional market during the Western Visayas Regional Tourism Assembly which will be held in Iloilo City on Oct. 23-29.
The event is a special tourism project spearheaded by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as a regional version of the national “WOW Philippines Best of the Regions Showcase” in Intramuros, Manila in order to focus on the development and promotion of the region’s tourism industry including destinations, cultural heritage and way of life, multi-sector linkages, and products and services.
It will be participated in by Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental and their highly urbanized and component cities. Iloilo City will host the event with the support of the DOT and Western Visayas Regional Development Council.
Provincial Tourism Officer Alfonso Bediones, Jr. said Capiz will present an array of products including cutflowers and ornamental plants, kapis shellcraft, souvenir items, coconut products, and seafood products for which the province has earned the reputation as the “seafood capital of the Philippines.”
This will be done during the Capiz Day which will be set aside for the province on October 27 to give the local tourism sector an opportunity to promote local tourist destinations, tour packages, culture and products.
Local products have found a good break through the enterprising spirit of Capiceños and the support of the government through the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, other national government agencies, local government units, and the private sector, financial institutions, and foreign funding organizations.
The government through the DTI has implemented strategies such as the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Project to assist local micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in accessing funding, product development and marketing support.
The Philippine-Australian Community Assistance Program (PACAP) which is supported by the Government of Australia through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) has been providing financial and technical assistance to local entrepreneurs.
Recently, PACAP-AusAID granted some P12 million in grant-funding to 7 SME projects here including an SME Center that would serve among others as a conduit of support services to local entrepreneurs.
The regional tourism assembly will be a good break to local products, Bediones said of the event which is one of the programs being pushed by the government through a number of mechanisms including the establishment and upgrading of the existing Strong Republic Nautical Highway or the Roll-On, Roll-Off (RO-RO) transport system.
A 50-kilometer section of the nationwide transport network passes through Capiz and is being upgraded presently.
The support to SMEs and tourism industry forms part of the overall economic program of the Arroyo administration which is designed to improve infrastructures, raise revenues and investments, and create more jobs from which the people will directly benefit. (PIA-JSC) [top]