By Philippine News Agency
LAOAG CITY — The church-owned historic bell tower of Laoag hosts this year’s One Town-One Product summer trade fair and garden show, making it more accessible to local residents and tourists.
Located at the heart of Laoag City, small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) from the 21 towns and two cities here are now setting up their own commercial booths for a minimal registration fee, the Diocese of Laoag collects from them.
Assisted by the Small and Medium Enterprise Office of the provincial government, quality products of Ilocanos ranging from food and beverages, souvenir and novelty items, flowering plants, herbs and succulents among others will be exhibited on April 20 to May 1 at the Laoag sinking tower.
Edison Natividad, head of the SME department, said the annual summer trade fair is still a part of the continuing effort of the provincial government and the Department of Trade and Industry to assists SMEs and to further promote unique and quality products of Ilocos Norte.
As one of the regular exhibitors, Agnes Asuncion, a dragon fruit soap and wine maker in Currimao town, said that joining exhibits does not only boost her sales but also an opportunity for her to learn from her fellow exhibitors.
“I am grateful to the provincial government for conducting regular trade fairs as it also opens more opportunities to us in terms of improving our products and to develop more marketing networks,” she said.