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"Bahandi 2009" mall fair showcases best products of East Visayas

Tacloban City (October 12) -- Following tradition, the Bahandi 2009 which will run from October 19 -21, will showcase only the best products from Eastern Visayas, DTI Regional OIC Desiderio Belas Jr. informed.

Unlike in the previous years, however, this year's Bahandi will not be done at its usual venue at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, but the Robinsons Place Tacloban City.

This year's theme is "Pagbabalik Tanaw" as it tries to revisit the concept of a manufacturer developing a symbiotic business relationship with an exporter, providing a service, skill or finished product responsive to the needs of both parties. This, Director Belas said, is otherwise known as big brother/small brother concept.

The Department of Trade and Industry spearheads the event which will feature the products of 20 selected micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in Eastern Visayas.

Aside from the finished products, the semi-processed materials and skills will be showcased and with the assistance of the Bureau of Domestic Trade, invited buyers and exporters will be flown in and brought to the venue of business matching.

Director Belas said that DTI call this Reverse Trade Fair. Instead of bringing products and producers to Manila which is indeed, very costly, DIT is now exploring the possibility of holding the trade fair locally and bringing in some big buyers and exporters.

One more interesting aspect is the real time provision of design interpretation by a contracted professional designer while negotiation is on-going between the buyer and exhibitor. Product designs and product ideas will be given to the local handicraft producers based on the requirements of the buyer in real time.

Among the objectives of the fair are to develop five new exporters from among the participants and to generate cash and book sales during the three-day fair.

Bahandi 2009 will focus on bamboo, abaca, pandan, coconut and ticog-based products. The side show of the event will feature processed food and furniture sector. (PIA 8) [top]

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