A New Day for Investments—DTI, Province Holds 2018 Trade Fair and Exhibit

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Adopting the concept of Balangay, showcasing the vibrant trading of the pre-colonial Filipinos, and capsulizing the active, vibrant, and rich local palettes, skills, and creativity of the people of Davao Oriental, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office organized the 26th Sikat Pinoy Inalima 2018 Trade Fair and Exhibit at Honey’s Hotel, Matiao.

The event began with a ribbon cutting led by the distinguished guests Ms. Mary Ann Montemayor, a private sector representative; Ms. Rachel Remetcho, the Division Chief of DTI RD XI; City Councilor Arman Valera who represented City of Mati Mayor Carlo Luis P. Rabat; and Provincial Governor’s Office Chief of Staff Ednar Dayanghirang representing Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang.

In a message that was delivered by his representative, Mayor Rabat said this year’s trade fair and exhibit, scheduled from June 27 to 30, aims to promote and strengthen the economy of the province and the city, as well.

“The continued support and participation of the various Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), development councils, as well as the other stakeholders in the province could enhance further the promotion for more jobs, businesses, technology, and tourism,” he added.

Themed “Trabaho, negosyo, teknolohiya at turismo hingusgan aron makab-ot sa probinsiya ang kalambuan,” (Strengthening jobs, business, technology, and tourism for the development of the province), 12 participating exhibitors coming from the 10 municipalities, one city, and one coordinating agency (Department of Science and Technology) took part and displayed their different products in forms of fresh and processed foods, wearables and home-style furniture, organic agriculture products, ornamental plants, among others.

Inalima is an expression of what Davao Oriental is in terms of enterprises. Displays are many of the examples kung gaano ka-robust, kalawak, at ka-progressed ang different industries ng Davao Oriental,” Dayanghirang, the governor’s representative, stated.

He also pointed out that overlooking abundance, there is still a need to look into the different gaps, different concerns of Micro Enterprises so that they can be strengthened and the production could grow.

“And when they produce more, they provide more income to people. That would lead to addressing poverty,” he added.

Ms. Mary Ann M. Montemayor, Private Sector Representative, National Small Micro and Medium Enterprise Development Council, and the event’s Keynote Speaker, emphasized that MSME is regarded as the backbone of the Philippine economy while positive Filipino traits make the body of work transform into progress.

Inalima is a grand showcase  of all the blood, sweat, and tears that you have gone through to ensure that you would be counted and have a rightful place in this trade and exhibition,” Ms. Montemayor said as she acknowledged all the exhibitors’ effort to attend and be part of the event.

Inalima 2018 Trade Fair and Exhibit is open to public from 9am to 7pm. All of the locals are encouraged to pay a visit and take patronage to the local products of the province. Further, in terms of sales, DTI targets to reach 1.2 million this year. By Shaye N. Dacles (PIO Davao Oriental)


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