The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 2, together with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), conducted an onsite design prototype monitoring and evaluation of bamboo products in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya on 10-21 March 2024.

Following a series of consultations, which was aimed to develop new product lines using bamboo and integrate bamboo into other raw materials to create mixed-media items. The tapped consultants, designers, and MSMEs interacted visualized, and evaluated the design concepts developed.

More so, the 13 MSMEs in the non-food sector were onboarded, while the 61 new product designs styled by the DCP are currently being executed as a result of the sessions. Moreover, a bamboo commodity appreciation seminar was also conducted before the onsite monitoring of products to inform MSMEs on bamboo’s versatility and potential for developing distinctive and sustainable product lines.

This product development is also in preparation for the upcoming 18th Padday na Lima Regional Trade Fair (RTF), set to kick off in September this year in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, where DTI will launch newly developed design prototypes.

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Date of release: 15 April 2024