Marawi Peace Week 2022 kicks off with trade fair and exhibition
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA) — Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) along with its development partners and the city of Marawi kicked off this year’s commemoration of Marawi Peace Week on Tuesday (May 17) with a fair trade show and an exhibition showcasing the products of local micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
More than 30 MSMEs assisted by TFBM implementing agencies and development partners attend the trade fair. Among the products sold are handwoven products, clothing, agricultural products, food products and crafts and specialties from Maranao.
Special concerns of the Ministry of Trade and Industry Usec. Ameenah Fajardo said the show aims to promote and raise awareness of local products. “By showcasing these Maranao products through trade shows like this, we can show other regions in the Philippines, as well as the global market, that we are at least on par with other growing industries,” said- she declared.
Conducting a trade fair is a regular activity of the TFBM Sub-Committee on Business and Livelihoods to provide marketing platforms for MSMEs and IDP-led businesses. This year’s show expanded as it included exhibitors from the Bangon Marawi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“The Itong Trade Fair has always been part of Marawi Peace Week. We have launched Marawi Peace Week to instill in the hearts and minds of our compatriots Maranaos na pagka may peace and may development “, said the director of the field office of TFBM Asec. Felix Castro Jr.
The Director General of the Ministry of Commerce, Investments and Tourism, Rosslaini Alonto-Sinarimbo, expressed the Bangsamoro government’s support for the initiative underscoring the importance of MSMEs for the city’s economic recovery.
“We hope to rebuild Marawi City through business and livelihood because it is the backbone of the economy. We cannot accommodate all members of government, we have to bring businesses back because it will bring sustainability to the economy”. she says.
Meanwhile, the city’s mayor, Majul Gandamra, in his message delivered by Cabsaran Pacasum Jr., head of the TFBM Business and Livelihoods Sub-Committee Technical Working Group, pointed out that the salon is not only a demonstration of peace and resilience within and among the people of Marawi. but also a manifestation that although slowly, Marawi is rising and her people are getting back on their feet. (APB/PIA Lanao del Sur)