Friday, February 13, 2015

BUGANA: Inspiring Change

Banana Chips in Badiangan, photo by Ray Tabafunda
The Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism of the Iloilo Provincial Government will celebrate the Arts Month by showcasing its suite of products developed by SMEs or small-to-medium enterprises in a fair entitled BUGANA to be held at the fountain area of Robinsons Place Iloilo on February 20-24, 2015.

With the theme, “Inspiring Change: Empowering Entrepreneurs in Small and Medium Enterprises,” Bugana is also supported by the Department of Tourism Region VI, The Department of Trade and Industry and Robinsons Place Iloilo

handloom weaving in Badiangan, photo by Ray Tabafunda

Many of the participating businesses are small and have limited production, so they can only sell in their own place, or some of them have difficulties with logistics. Bugana can increase their sales, and investors can also see various products.

native chocolate from Cabatuan, photo by Ray Tabafunda

Bugana will also serve as their platform to to understand the demand for local products in the existing market and enable SMEs to have access to larger and sustainable markets. SMEs are very important in developing the community. The potential of changing the lives and provide job opportunities is high once they are recognized by stakeholders in the market.

The event will also explore the challenges and opportunities for business start-ups and share best practices and success stories in the province.

bamboocraft in Maasin, photo by Ray Tabafunda

Our local produce is among the few products quite popular among buyers. The exhibition includes woodworks, shellcraft, handloom, metalcraft, bamboocraft, agricultural produce, accessories and foodstuff and other products by SMEs looking forward for investment opportunities.

The exhibition involves SMEs from Oton, Guimbal, Igbaras, Miagao, San Joaquin, Leganes, San Miguel, Pavia, Santa Barbara, Leon, Alimodian, Cabatuan, Janiuay, Badiangan, Maasin, Pototan, Passi City, Duenas, Barotac Viejo, Anilao, Banate, Ajuy, Concepcion, Estancia and Carles.

bandi in San Joaquin, photo by Ray Tabafunda

The event was crafted not only with the needs of the small business in mind but to also increase the participation of SMEs in the supply and distribution value chains and networks, through a better understanding of the cooperation issues among tourism enterprises and with the destination.

needdlecraft in Santa Barbara, photo by Ray Tabafunda

We need to work on how best we can make them offer high quality and value for money products. As they say, there is growth in business. What remains now is for us consumers to start recognizing and for financial institutions to start assisting them with loans to grow.

For more information about the event, please contact the Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism at (033) 3384910 or visit the Provincial Tourism Office, 3rd floor, Provincial Capitol, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City.

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