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Thursday, January 28, 2021

First Virtual National Trade Fair Official Opens

Last January 27 was a historic moment for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as it formally opens its First Virtual National Trade Fair which was attended by guests from locations all over the country.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez placed emphasis about the Filipinos being able to bounce back after enduring extreme hardship and finding silver linings and hidden blessings in adversity. "Today's opening of this Virtual National Trade Fair is part of the Department's pivot to digital, and very much in keeping with the buzzwords in our mission statement, which are: innovative, competitive, job-generating, inclusive and empowering."

Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman of the Trade Promotions Group pointed out that the domestic trade fairs carry a rich tradition of success for MSMEs, noting that in 2019, the three fairs organized that year had 115,000 visitors and generated PHP 193.44-million in revenues for 782 exhibitors. "Through this digital transformation, we are taking the initiative so our MSMEs can continue to expand their market presences not just in the domestic market but now in the borderless online marketplace."

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona of the Regional Operations Group struck an upbeat note in here inspirational message, noting: "2021 holds much promise as we kick off the year with an event that we hope will give our MSMEs the much-needed boost to jumpstart their recovery. Moreover, bringing the National Trade Fair to the digital realm serves as another significant milestone for our MSMEs as they establish their market presence on an e-commerce platform. This opens up a world of possibilities, as our MSMEs become more accessible not only to domestic consumers but also to international buyers."

Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion Director Marievic Bonoan emphasized the B2B nature of the event as a venue to showcase the best products from the regions so MSMEs can secure bulk orders from institutional buyers from department stores, supermarket chains, hotels and restaurants, and even export consolidators. Product categories include fashion accessories and wearables, food and beverages, gifts and souvenirs, health and wellness, and home and living.

The First Virtual National Trade Fair will be accessible online 24/7 from January 27 to February 2, 2021. Visitors can interact with the exhibitors with show hours from 10AM to 6PM from the 27th to the 30th, after that, visitors can still visit the booths and leave messages for the exhibitors. 

Admission to the National Trade Fair is free. Simply visit: Virtual National Trade Fair and fill in registration details. 

The event is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry's Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) in collaboration with the DTI Regional Operations Group. 


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