Sarangani’s MunaTo trade fair positions to increase investments

Engr. Nenita Barroso, director of Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotions Center, said although the celebration on November 23-28 will highlight the cultural heritage of the province, "the impact of this would be observed in the increase of demand of local products and of the province's tourism industry."

The yearly trade fair, coined as Fabli Gu Ni, a B'laan term for "I am selling this," would be a come on activity for visitors to buy and patronage Sarangani products, Barroso said.

Fabli Gu Ni promotes products of the province's micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and from other regions in SOCSARGEN like processed food, handicraft and other services.

Among these are the OTOP (One Town One Product) of the province and the seven municipalities which Barroso said would push a promotion campaign to market local products to the region and even outside the country.

Barroso was confident the trade fair would do better this year as she reported this early that 30 booths allotted for exhibitors were already confirmed.

Additional booths were reserved to accommodate more exhibitors.

Fabli Gu Ni opens on the first day of MunaTo Festival on November 23 at the MunaTo Arcade which would host food chains, manufacturers, and service providers from Region 12.

The products for sale would be ranging from specialty food, processed food and beverages to fashion accessories, souvenir items, home fixtures and health and beauty products.

MunaTo Arcade organizer Milbie Guiang said the fair would offer "an ideal business atmosphere to encourage investments in the province."

Guiang said they invited entrepreneurs outside Sarangani to have the "chance to explore possibilities of expanding business." (Sarangani Information Office/BCP)