LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte, May 11 (PIA) — Experience Ilocano pride at the 5th OTOP Summer Trade Fair and Garden Show in Laoag City, this province.
Among the products on sale are One-Town, One-Product (OTOP) of the different municipalities of the province which include, among others, mouth-watering longganiza and empanada from Batac City; chichacorn from Paoay; seaweed noodles from Burgos; vinegar and basi from Laoag City; rice coffee from Banna; Ceramics and crispy-licious Chicharon or Bagnet from San Nicolas; binakol abel from the loom weavers of Sarrat, and shell craft from the artisans of Pagudpud.
Other products featured at the trade fair are furniture and home furnishings, gift items and plants.
According to Maricor Racela of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the trade fair “aims to promote local products not only from Ilocos Norte but also from the other provinces in the Ilocandia, especially the OTOP of the various local government units of the province.”
The OTOP is a government program that supports small and medium entrepreneurs and LGUs to develop their products and at the same time market them.
“There are 40 exhibitors, of which some came from Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union and Abra. Trade fairs like this help them market their products,” Racela said.
The trade fair will run from until May 18, 2012 at the Dap-ayan in front of the Provincial Capitol.
It is a project of the DTI, in partnership with the Partuat ti Kailokuan Association, City Government of Laoag and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte. (JCR/CPC-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)