Koronadal City, South Cotabato – The Department of Trade and Industry – South Cotabato has recorded combined cash and booked sales of P1,541,278 in the eight-day run of the Bugal T’nalak Trade Fair which was participated by 20 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in South Cotabato.

The trade fair is a collaboration among DTI-SC, the provincial government of South Cotabato, and KCC Mall of Marbel in the celebration of South Cotabato’s 23rd T’nalak Festival and 54th Foundation Anniversary.

Participating MSMEs are both food processors and homestyle & wearable makers who have undergone strenuous interventions by DTI under the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program to improve product quality, packaging, and branding to make their products ready for market promotion.

Two MSMEs were also recognized for their accomplishments during the event — the Klowil Agricultural Enterprise Multi-Purpose Coop. as the top grosser in sales, and the San Felipe Rural Improvement Club for the aesthetic curation of booth display.

Aside from product selling, DTI-SC also partnered with the National Nutrition Council XII in providing free one-on-one consultations to walk-in clients for balanced meal planning since July is also Nutrition Month.

DTI-SC provided also side event sessions on the value chains and the health and wellness benefits of coconut, coffee, and cacao, considered among the promising industries of South Cotabato, and financial literacy forum.

One of the mandates of the DTI is the provision of promotion and marketing assistance to MSMEs. This is carried out through the conduct and participation in several trade fairs, market matching sessions, and promotional activities.

Date of Release: 22 August 2022