Longest running DTI organized trade fair in the Philippines

The Orgullo kan Bikol – Regional Trade Fair (OKB-RTF), now on its 14th year, is the longest running DTI organized trade fair in the Philippines.

To be held on October 7 to 10, at Megatrade Hall 2, 5th Level, Bldg. B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, the OKB-RTF is an annual marketing event where Bicol’s homegrown entrepreneurs are afforded valuable market exposure. It showcases the distinct products, ethnic foods, and delicacies of the Bicol Region.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Bicol Regional Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco said, “DTI remains committed to provide its clients – the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) – better avenues to promote their fine products.

“By way of this trade fair, we enjoin domestic and foreign buyers to take a closer look and become more aware of what our homegrown MSMEs produce. We also encourage our MSMEs to continuously improve and become more globally competitive despite difficult times”.

With the theme “Weaving Opportunities”, the OKB-RTF 2010 will unite opportunities in pursuit of fresh markets for these entrepreneurs.

For this year, a total of 103 manufacturers/exhibitors will join the event – 32 will come from Albay, 22 from Camarines Sur, 10 from Catanduanes, 18 from Sorsogon, 5 from Masbate, 10 from Camarines Norte, and 8 are Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) beneficiaries. It will feature 20 new participants, who will now be given full marketing assistance by the DTI via this trade fair.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will also join as an institutional exhibitor.

In tandem with the event is the Bicol Investment Conference (BICon), which is slated on October 8, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the SM Megamall Conference Center.

BICon aims to present potential Bicol investment areas/projects for promotion to investors and synchronize investment promotion activities by stakeholders and concerned institutions in Bicol. (PNA)

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