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Island City Mall chosen as OTOP hub in Visayas
Purely Pinoy-made products from the different regions nationwide, through the OTOP (One Town, One Product) Philippines Program of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), will soon be permanently available here after Island City Mall was chosen as one of the only three OTOP hubs in the country, and the only one in Visayas, which will sell and market home-made local products highly endorsed and certified by DTI.
During the signing of OTOP.PH Hub Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DTI and the Alturas Group of Companies (AGC) last June 22, at the Alturas Corporate Center, DTI Region VII director Aster Caberte told the media and the top management of AGC, headed by its General Manager, Mr. Marlito C. Uy, that these products, mostly fashion accessories and gift items; home decors and wares; delicacies and pasalubong; and beauty, health and wellness products, are part of the OTOP Philippines Program of DTI envisioned towards employment and income opportunities which will contribute significantly to the national economy; while at the same time will highlights the Filipino’s ingenuity and craftsmanship.
OTOP products usually come out and displayed once in a year here during the Sandugo Trade Expo in July, and big-time buyers and ordinary customers just can’t get enough with these unique and proud Philippine-made products which are also hit among tourists visiting Bohol. With the new OTOP hub at the Island City Mall duly-accredited by the DTI, these local products are readily available and within easy reach by everyone.
According to Director Caberte, the other OTOP hubs in the country are found in Tindahang Pinoy in Gaisano, Butuan City and in a hybrid café located inside the Malacanang Palace.
Aside from Director Caberte and Mr. Uy, also present during the MOA signing were Mrs. Jane Madrio, the AGC Retail II Manager, together with her staff; Mrs. Maria Soledad L. Balistoy, DTI-Bohol Director; AGC PR Officer Mayette Gasatan, Ariel Fullido of AGC Corporate Marketing, DTI officials Mr. Jerome Guidaben and Vierna Teresa C. Ligan, the Sr. Trade & Industry Development Specialist of DTI-Bohol.
OTOP PRODUCTS all over the regions nationwide will soon be available at the Island City Mall which was chosen as one of the OTOP hubs in the country. Photo shows (left to right) Mrs. Jane Madrio, Mr. Marlito C. Uy, Director Aster Caberte, and Mrs. Maria Soledad Balistoy, all signing the MOA last June 22, at the Alturas Corporate Center. Standing at the back as witnesses are Mayette Gasatan and Vierna Teresa C. Ligan.
Alturas Group of Companies (AGC) is a forerunner in the development of Bohol’s vibrant economy, now on it’s 33rd year of dedicated service to the Boholanos and the Visayan region, from retail to agri business.
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