CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–With over 50 participating Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and after two years of absence due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10 launched physically this year the Kahimunan Northern Mindanao (Creations of Northern Mindanao) Regional Trade Fair 2022, August 19 at SM CDO City Uptown, here.
As one of the core events of Cagayan de Oro’s Higalaay (Friendship) Festival Fiesta celebration, the Kahimunan Trade Fair features products of the five provinces of northern Mindanao – Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental and highlights the region’s heritage and showcases MSME products like wearables and home-styles, processed food and local tech startup services.
DTI Regional Director Ermedio Abang said, “We officially launch today the return of the physical trade fair in celebration of Cagayan de Oro city’ fiesta. After two years, we once again gather to show our support to the best local products of the region.”
“We are proud to witness the journey of our MSMEs, especially on how they endure and keep their businesses afloat, in the time of pandemic,” he further shared.
Meanwhile, DTI Assistant Secretary Domingo Tolentino said the MSMEs who participated in the trade fair showed resilience in the fight against COVID-19, emphasizing its big role in the country’s economic growth.
“I am very proud to be part of this occasion. We are continually looking for ways to innovate and encourage new technology and creative businesses,” he said.
“We will ensure continuous support for mentoring programs for MSMEs, enhance service of Negosyo Centers, providing equipment to Shared Service Facility (SSF) programs, strengthening assistance to our farmers and through the inclusive innovation, industrial strategy, we will strengthen our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem and promote development of more innovative regional integrated MSMEs and startup,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Local Government of Cagayan de Oro showed full support in the event by urging consumers to love local and buy local products.
The Trade Fair will run August 19-29, 2022. (JMOR/PIA-10)