|Orgulyo kan Bicol Trade Fair|
Photo by Alec Francis A. Santos
The OK Bikol is the longest-running regional trade fair in the country, having started in 1996.
“It is a showcase of public-private partnership between government agencies like the DTI, the Department of Tourism(DOT), local government units, and the OK Bikol Association and serves as an annual marketing, tourism and cultural event which had provided homegrown entrepreneurs to develop and find new markets for their products,” Aguilar said.
This year, the OK Bikol has drawn the participation of 108 medium-small-micro enterprise(MSME) as exhibitors and manufacturers of wearables & homestyle, coco-coir, bamboo and ceramic products,and halal, or food products that had been made according to and following Islamic practices and prescriptions, he said. (Frank Penones Jr.)