After 2 years, the traditional trade fair is back and currently ongoing at the Robinson’s Place Dumaguete participated by 30 exhibitors featuring locally produced crafts, food, vegetables and music.
In his remarks during last Friday’s opening program, Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo reiterated his support to the objective of the event that allows the participants and buyers to experience the crafts, the culture and the creative community of Negros Oriental after 2 years of limited or online promotion and shopping caused by the restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The local business community has been appreciative of the efforts by the City Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases chaired by Mayor Remollo in accelerating the vaccination of eligible population against COVID-19 which is instrumental in the safe reopening of all business establishments and resumption of mass events.
Dumaguete City, obtained the highest vaccination rate of 141.56% in Central Visayas (and still rising) exceeding the 80.67% goal for herd immunity set by the Department of Health after the City Health Office, Provincial Health Office and hospitals vaccinated 157, 619 residents and workers, which is much higher than the target of 111, 348 individuals.
DTI-Negros Oriental Provincial Director Nimfa M. Virtucio said that the trade fair dubbed as “Experience” is a fusion of two trade fairs normally conducted annually – 6200 Pop Up Creatives Fair and the Negros Oriental Food Fair that will allow MSMEs to sell and promote products by local craftsmen, painters, visual artists, musicians, photographers, digital artists, literary writers and food producers.
Edward Du of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry lauded the City Government of Dumaguete for the recent enactment of the Food Safety and Quality Ordinance authored by then Vice-Mayor now Councilor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino with the full support of Mayor Remollo, which will enhance the protection of consumers the ill-effects of food-borne and water-borne illnesses including unsanitary, unlabeled, misbranded or unlicensed food products.
Among the objectives of the Negros Oriental Trade Fair, that will conclude on Thursday, is for both the participants and consumers to promote locally made products that represent the culture of Negros Oriental, promote the 6200 Dumaguete as a “hub” to interconnect creative startups in the province and raise awareness in the community of the work of local creative including both professionals and amateur artists and craft workers.
Among the guests in last Friday’s opening of the trade fair were 2nd District Board Member Woodrow Maquiling, 1st District Cong. Jocelyn Limkaichong, Jinky Q Francisco of PLDT Enterprise, DTI-7 Regional Director Maria Elena Arbon and exhibitors.