By Minerva BC Newman
CEBU CITY – Ninety-two exhibitors from medium and small-scale entrepreneurs in and outside Cebu opened the Sinulog Fiesta Fair 2019 Thursday at SM City Cebu.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Central Visayas Regional Director Asteria Caberte said the fair, organized by DTI Cebu Provincial Office with the Cebu City government and the Sinulog Foundation Inc., was on its 16th year.
Caberte said the fair provides micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) a high-traffic commercial venue and shopping platform.
“MSMEs creatively made products, top quality and affordable are given exhibit area for shoppers to appreciate and buy,” Caberte said.
One of the highlights of this year’s Sinulog is a special showcase of local government units in Northern Cebu, those affected by the Yolanda typhoon, according to the DTI Cebu Provincial Director Esperanza Melgar.
Melgar told media that the LGUs were given slots to promote their products, services, and tourism destinations.
The LGUs from northern Cebu are city of Bogo, towns of Bantayan, Medellin, San Francisco in Camotes Island, San Remigio, Santa Fe in Bantayan Island, Tabogon, Tabuelan and Tuburan.
Melgar said among the products featured in the fair are gifts, decor and houseware (GDH); wearables and processed foods; cacao and coffee; health and wellness products and services.
Aside from the 68 MSME exhibitors, there are 17 exhibitors from Agusan del Sur, Baguio City, Bacolod, Davao, Bohol, General Santos City, Negros Oriental, Palawan and Zamboanga City.
“Seven exhibitors from the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBO) were also given space for their products,” Melgar added.
Melgar said the exhibitors are recipients of DTI’s SME development programs such as the Shared Service Facility (SSF), One Town, One Product (OTOP), CARP and the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME).