Monday, July 25, 2016

123 exhibitors show at 
Sandugo trade expo '16

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 21 (PIA)--From its provincial fair billing attracting only town local crafts exhibitors a decade ago, Bohol Sandugo Trade Expo 2016 opens with 123 exhibitors from regions 6, 7, 8 and regions of Mindanao. 

At the opening ceremonies of the Sandugo Trade Expo 2016, which has become a regional local crafts marketing event, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Asteria Caberte said the number is a huge increase from 99 exhibitors in the 2015 Trade Expo. 

True to its billing now, the regional fair, which started as a humble provincial fair under her term as then DTI Bohol provincial director, is now having exhibitors representing Mindanao especially the Caraga region, according to RD Caberte. 

Why have we increased in numbers?

Caberte cites Bohol's upbeat economy that is attracting exhibitors. 

Governor Edgar Chatto, who is widely credited for inspiring the Boholanos to unite for a wave of economic development, also called the achievement an encouraging report on the growing number of exhibitors. 

He also volunteered the information that the trade expo organizers have to turn down some exhibitors due to the limitations of display space. 

For this, Chatto also acknowledged the local government units, government agencies and non-government organizations whenever the impacts of growth in Bohol is felt. 

Citing partnerships, the governor pointed out, "That is because everyone worked so hard to give flesh and substance to the development."

Beaming before a modest crowd including exhibitors and export investors prospecting for newly developed products for international markets, the governor mentioned the province's tourism as centerpieces of development, which has made things better for Bohol. 

Even then, he hinted that the real growth and development must be one with equity, and for that, Bohol intends to see where the growth benefits went. 

He cited Sandugo Trade expo as an inspiring event for Boholanos, with everyone doing their share in this shared responsibility he calls growth.

Over the years, from a provincial fair and with the DTI helping cottage industries shift to sustainable use of indigenous raw materials plus the growing tourism here, Sandugo graduated to a regional fair, which now beckons other regional bests. 

This year, DTI Caberte said the trade expo aims to sustain the gains, focusing on boosting local micro, small and medium enterprises performance in line with the challenging times, while at the same time, opening job opportunities as well as bringing food to Boholano tables. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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