Palawan’s exhibitors in the fifth MIMAROPA Naturally Agri-Trade and Tourism Fair have posted P4.1 million in sales, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
“Diverse ang mga na-showcase, merong handicraft, may fresh and dried na marine products, cashew and other processed food. ‘Yon ang dala-dala natin plus ’yong tourism may mga accommodation,” Maylene Delliro, provincial trade and industry development specialist, said.
The Palawan exhibitors come from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and the tourism sector.
DTI Palawan considered the figure unofficial as they are still waiting for the remaining turnout on the last day of the fair.
“So far naman may madadagdag pa kasi noong last na transaction hapon na, baka may mga hindi pa nabilang,” she said.
She also said that some of the MSMEs were able to score deals with institutional buyers in Manila.
”’Yong ibang MSMEs natin nagkakaroon ng institutional buyers sa Manila, may mga inquiry sila and purchase order (PO) and hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy ’yong ibang PO nila. Maging regular supplier sila sa mga establishment,” she said.
She said 40 exhibitors participated to represent Palawan in the annual trade fair, 33 of which are from MSMEs.
“Una kasi, dumami ang exhibitors at dati hindi pa competitive ang mga produkto natin, hindi developed. Unlike ngayon medyo from the assistance, packaging, FDA LTO (Food and Drug Administration-License to Operate) tapos registered na sila, may mayor’s permit, BIR, DTI na isa rin sa nakapagpataas ng sales. Dati ay consolidator lang may bitbit ng produkto nila ngayon sila na mismo,” she said.
Delliro said DTI Palawan had an initial target of P3 million for 2019 following the 2018 goal of P2 million. In comparison with the sales accumulated by the province as the trade started in 2015, she said that the agency observed an increase from then P500,000 sales.
As the regional office of the agency noticed the increase in number of exhibitors who joined the trade fair, the target of Palawan increased to P5 million while the MIMAROPA has P80 million target.
MIMAROPA has now accumulated 98 percent of its target which is amounting to P78.74 million. The fair was held at SM Megamall last October 16 to 20.