Negros salon products in demand
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental products appear to have been in “high demand” as products from four companies on display among the 93 booths at the Negros Trade Fair, held at the Glorietta Business Center in Makati on the first day of September 20, all been sold. , revealed by Mary Ann Colmenares, Vice President for Advocacy for the Association of Negros Producers.
The sold-out products were mostly gift items and household items, according to Colmenares.
It only indicates how buyers missed Negros products, she pointed out.
The annual Negros Trade Fair has been suspended for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colmenares said the opening of the Negros Trade Fair shows the best of Negrenses in terms of collaboration, convergence and cooperation between government and the private sector, as well as SMEs (small and medium enterprises), in promoting of the best in the province.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who spoke at the event, said the story of the Negros Trade Fair is “a story of resilience, ingenuity, hope and courage of spirit Negrense”.
After two years of uncertainty and terror caused by the pandemic, Lacson said “here we are together, to ring the bell again to begin this year’s historic show.” “No people in recent history have been called upon to overcome the obstacles that have tested our resolve as human beings,” he said.
The governor urged those who witnessed the activity on Tuesday night “to remember and thank the women of Negrense who have faced seemingly insurmountable odds, to provide an alternative source of income for Negrense farmers who have been hit hard by the global sugar crisis”.
WORKING WITH THE ARMY
The Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade and its various infantry units have partnered with the ANP to help market the products of the upcountry residents of Himamaylan City and Hinobaan, who are areas affected by the insurgency.
The ANP is now a member of the Provincial Council for Peace and Order of Negros Occidental.
Colmenares said “it took the Philippine military for us to realize that the impact, if we help countries, is really big,” citing their achievement in Sitio Madaja, Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, a hotbed of insurgency in central Negros, which now has residents selling wares at the trade fair.
“For the ANP, Negros Occidental is lucky to have non-governmental organizations with an initiative like yours. Thank you for spearheading this event which has become the longest running provincial trade fair held annually in Manila. Your ingenuity has opened up opportunities for our small and medium-sized businesses, both on local and international platforms,” said Lacson, who along with Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer led the ringing of the Arima Bell to signal the opening. of the 36th Negros Trade Fair in Makati, said.
MESSAGE FROM THE GUV
For this year’s show, you will see ANP’s community initiatives in partnership with the province and the Philippine military to promote social entrepreneurship, he added.
As an active member of the civil society organization of our Provincial Council for Peace and Order, the ANP will present its peace, economic and livelihood projects in the most remote and conflicting areas. of the province, he also said.
Lacson praised the organization’s “three-pronged approach to building a culture of peace that will result in a steady supply of raw materials, protect our forest from degradation, and build the capacity of our highland communities for their socio-economic development”.
“As we move towards recovery under the new normal while avoiding another wave of COVID infections, we will ensure that no one is left behind,” he said.
Lacson also recognized the local government units that contributed their specialties, the tourism and business sectors, local producers and the work team of the province.
“The success of this show is largely based on our collaboration and concerted efforts to show the world that Negros Occidental and Negrense products are truly world class. To our local producers, keep innovating and creating, and always strive for excellence. Your provincial government is there to support you every step of the way,” he added.*