According to PhilFIDA, the province is known mostly for raw fibers, with only a few venturing into abaca processing due to the lack of available market locally.
The Abaca showcase is being held in cooperation with the various working committees chaired by the different national offices and non-government organizations and co-spearheaded by the provincial government, thru the provincial tourism office as the overall secretariat and coordinating office.
Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry headed by Provincial Director Hegino Baldano said that this year’s trade fair will be exciting saying that solid support from different government officials regardless of the result of the May 9 elections will surely make the event successful.
The Trade fair is set on May 23-29 at Plaza Rizal in Virac w/ the participation of local tour operators in selling various tour packages in the island and promoting local sites and attractions.
The tour operators who have confirmed their participation are Katandungan Travel and Tours, Island escape Travel and Tours, Island Travel, Airlite Transport and Asian Guiding Stars.
Despite the limited time, Rene Valeza, DTI Trade Industry Development Specialist, expressed hope that through the trade fair, they would be able to showcase the local products, especially abaca products, and they also hope to find new buyer or markets.
On the other hand, the agency is also prepared to face possible drawbacks to be experienced during the Trade Fair such as the lack of participation from the other municipalities, given that the Trade fair is scheduled after the election which is according to them has greatly affected the support of the local and other government officials.
As of press time, five of the eleven municipalities have confirmed their participation and most of the exhibitors are small scale entrepreneurs.(MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)