The DTI VI sent two DTI-assisted enterprises in Thailand to join more than 2,800 producers from other parts of the globe in the Thailand OTOP Fair (OTOP Silapacheep 2016) in Bangkok, Thailand, which runs from August 12 to 20, 2016. 

Indag-an Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative Chairperson Marjorie Segurigan from Brgy. Indag-an in Miag-ao, Iloilo and JAF Handicraft and Piña Industry owner Juler A. Fernandez from Brgy. Old Buswang in Kalibo, Aklan displayed their products at the OTOP Silapacheep 2016.

Indag-an Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative produces ‘hablon’ fabrics, shawls, placemats, scarfs and barong, among others. ‘Hablon’ is a hand-loomed fabric made from cotton, abaca or other indigenous fibers.

Fernandez, on the other hand, is a producer of handwoven fabrics for men and women such as barong, gowns, shawls, scarves, wraps, among others made from handwoven fabrics from indigenous fibers like pineapple, abaca, silk or cotton.

According to the information from the Community Development Department of Thailand, which organized the event, the activity is in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 7th cycle birthday anniversary on August 12, 2016.

It is also to honor Her Majesty’s work and relentless contribution to alternative livelihood of the people to evaluate their income; and, to increase marketing channel for potential OTOP producers/ entrepreneurs to exhibit and sell their quality products.

The event is seen to further the market linkage of these enterprises to other parts of the globe.