The “Padday na Lima” Regional Trade Fair (RTF) which was participated in by 99 MSMEs from the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya has generated 10.2 million sales. The week-long event ran from September 24-30, 2019 at the Upper Ground Level, Carousel Court, Festival Supermall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

The word “Padday na Lima” is an Ybanag vernacular which means “made by hand”.

The seven-day RTF showcased the best locally made products of Cagayan Valley as it featuredthe Region’s bountiful agro products, artisanal crafts, and local delicacies, emphasizing Region 2 as one of the leading producer of corn, rice, citrus, banana, pineapple, ginger, peanuts, mung bean, and lowland vegetables.

Among these homegrown and locally made products were Batanes’ vurivud jars and wakay chips; Cagayan’s garlic longganisa, chicharabao, and carabao milk candy; Isabela’s Pancit cabagan and handicrafts made of wood, bamboo and corn husk; Nueva Vizcaya’s tiger grass “walis”, rattan baskets, citrus fruits and fresh vegetables; Quirino’s specialty coffee and fossilized flowers.

Top- sellers for the fair were (1) RLGV Fruit Wine Industry with Php1,191,000.00 sales (2) Four H Furniture and Handicraft with Php1,813,000.00 sales, and (3) Huangyoo Furniture Shop with Php1,348,000.00 sales.

The Department of Agriculture – R02 also showcased Region 02’s agricultural produce products. Other partner agencies participated and offered their services were Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Philippines and Bureau of Import Services (BIS).

In behalf of Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, BPLO Assistant Department Head Elisa Hilapocommended DTI Region 02 for their unrelenting support to all MSMEs and for choosing Muntinlupa to be the venue of this remarkable event. Further, she said that the event is a great opportunity for everyone to help each other in promoting support to local products.

Meanwhile, Regional Technical Director Roberto Busania of the Department of Agriculture RFO-2, gave emphasis on the complementation of DA and DTI on the production of raw materials and manufacturing and processing, respectively. He also presented the products developed by DA like café bagga, gourmix, among others which underwent enhancement from DA to ensure quality and safety.

In her inspirational message, DTI-Regional Operations Group Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga lauded DTI and DA for their unyielding efforts in supporting local farmers in increasing agricultural productivity and ensuring higher returns. Asec.  Du-Naga urged the participating MSMEs to further improve and innovate their products through product and brand development under the OTOP Program.

The fair was formally opened through the cutting of the Bibingkang-kanin (rice cake) from Isabela led by Assistant Secretary Demphna Du-Naga, Assistant Secretary Ameenah Fajardo, DTI R02 Regional Director Leah Pulido Ocampo, DTI R02 Assistant Regional Director Ruben B. Diciano and Provincial Directors namely, PD Ma. Salvacion A. Castillejos of DTI Cagayan, PD Ma. Sofia G. Narag of DTI Quirino, PD Marietta A. Salviejo of DTI Batanes, PD Henry O. Conel Jr of DTI Nueva Vizcaya and PD Winston T. Singun of DTI.

Also present in the opening ceremony were Congressman Ciriaco Gato Jr. of the Province of Batanes, Mayor Marilou Sanchez of San Guillermo, Isabela, Director Marievic Bonoan of the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion, Vice President for Promotions Leoneor Abella of the Membership Department of PhilExport, Regional Governor Cloyd Velasco of PCCI-R02, President Samuel Garcia of the PhilExport Cagayan Valley Chapter, Mr. Clarke Nebrao of the Association of Laguna Food Processors, OTOP Program Manager Mr. Leon Flores, Ms. Rowena San Jose of DTI NCRO, wife of the Congressman of the 5th District of Isabela Faustino Michael Carlos Dy III,  Ms. Kristine A. Dy, Mr. Romeo Caranguian Jr of DOT-R02,  Ms. Sanrose Pulangon of DENR-R02, and Ms. Rosita Tallod of LGU Angadanan.

Among the side events organized were 1.) Brews and Blends, a free sip and taste of the various homegrown products of the region like cocoa, coffee and tea; 2.) Valley Weaves and Carve which showcased the creativity and talents of the MSMEs in weaving, carving, and basketry using indigenous materials; 3.)Cagayan Valley Cuisines, free taste of the most sought after cuisines and delicacies of the different provinces; and 4.) Wines and Chips, free taste of the various fruit wines and locally processed chips and nuts.

Among the institutional buyers/ representatives who visited the Fair are from Arguson Trading, City Mall (Double Dragon), Rustans Supercenter Inc., Mutiara Living, Echostore, Innspire, Ampulla Corporation, Healthy Options, Atin Ito, ERV Canteen Inc.