SAN FERNANDO, La Union, Dec.13 (PIA) — The yearly trade exhibit dubbed as “Rimat ti Amianan” formally opened Friday, December 10, with the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon by the La Union First District Congressman Victor F. Ortega and the Mayor Pablo C. Ortega, assisted by the former city Mayor Mary Jane Ortega and Department of Trade (DTI) and Industry provincial director Daria Mingaracal.
In his welcome speech to all guests and participants, Mayor Ortega said that the “Rimat ti Amianan” which is a One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) exhibit, “reflects the soul of each town thru the various products being displayed.”
“More exhibitors participated in this year’s trade exhibit with 147 as compared to that of last year with 139 exhibitors. Income generated last year amounted to P11.13 million, Ortega informed, and “we expect that we could exceed this amount for this year.”
Mary Jane Ortega, the person who started this, said this activity challenges the present administration to beat the record of exhibitors and income generated during the term of former governor now Congressman Victor Ortega where the income generated thru this same activity amounted to P16.8 million in just 11 days.
She was also quoted as saying, “Diay Rimat awanen idiay tangatang, addan iti bulbulsa dagiti exhibitors.” (The Brilliance of the North is no longer in the atmosphere, it is now in the pocket of all the exhibitors). This simply means that the products/produce which was made with great effort are now gaining its fruits.
Their products are now patronized not just locally but also in the international scene, most especially because they are given the chance to participate in national exhibits where the demand for supply increases from both domestic and foreign consumers, and from business establishments.
Also part of the program is the awarding for best dressed booths. Certificates of recognition from DTI and the city government of San Fernando plus P1,000.00 cash from Congressman Ortega were given to Arnie’s Garden for the Ornamental Plants Category; Bella’s Calasiao Puto for Processed Food Category; ABC Home Decors for Decors and Houseware Category; and R.Estacio’s Home Essentials for Furniture Category. (PIA-RO1/LU)
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