SORSOGON CITY, March 11 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office here in coordination with the Provincial Gender Advocacy Council (PGADC) intensified its promotion of GAD and women empowerment in the province through a mini-trade fair and skills competition open to aspiring Sorsogon women entrepreneurs specifically in the marginalized sectors.
As member of the PGADC, the DTI under the leadership of provincial director Leah Pagao led the activity.
Glenda Goingo, DTI’s GAD focal person, said that as women are once again highlighted this March, they have prepared activities that will enhance and promote the entrepreneurial skills of Sorsogon women especially from the marginalized sector, and at the same time help augment their livelihoods.
Dubbed, “Barakalan asin Patiribayan sa Kapitolyo sa Bulan nin mga Kababayihan,” the activity which will be held on March 14-16 at the kasanggayahan Village, Capitol Compound, Sorsogon City, will also be a venue to showcase and promote the locally-made products of Sorsogon’s micro, small, and medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
“It will feature an array of environmental friendly local crafts and food as well as agricultural products developed and made by our very own women,” says Goingo.
The skills competition that will held on the first day will showcase identified skills on “Pagsalad sin bayong (bayong weaving)” and “pagtilad sin pili (pili shell cracking)” to stir the entrepreneurial awareness and cultural appreciation on the essence of Women’s Month in line with the promotion of culture and tradition of the province.
Buyers can take pleasure of the local MSMEs products from the trade fair huts that will be mounted near the Provincial Tourism Compound. Products to be sold will include include handicrafts, processed foods/native delicacies, agri-products (fruits and vegetables), organic products, ornamental plants, and health and wellness products. The three-day selling period will be from 9 a.m. to 7pm.
“We have encouraged the local governments to select the best entry as contestant in their area to stimulate province wide participation. And because our main objective to this activity is to highlight our women’s entrepreneurial skills and showcase our locally made products, we deemed not to collect any participation fee,” Goingo articulated.
This year’s theme of the Women’s Month celebration is “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan”. (MAL/BAR-PIA 5, Sorsogon)