OTOP products of the different municipalities of Cagayan shared center stage with Bakong-woven novelty and furniture items in the 2nd Namunit Festival of Sta. Teresita, Cagayan which ran from February 24-28, 2017.
The theme of the festival is “Bakong sa Lawa, Hatid as Biyaya. Hiblang Pangkabuhayan, Ginhawa ng Pamayanan.”
The municipality of Sta. Teresita is promoting Bakong products as its OTOP.
Bakong (Hanguana Malayana), a versatile plant native to the place, was considered as a pest by the residents prior to the discovery of its much potential. With the help of the Design Center of the Philippines, Bakong fiber extracted from the stems of the plant is now used in handloom production of fabrics as well as weaving material in fashion bags, furniture and other novelty products.
The OTOP Trade Fair which was co-organized by the LGU and DTI-Cagayan has generated aggregate gross sales of Php 349,705 for the 5-day event.