LOCAL entrepreneurs in Surigao del Norte stood up against the coronavirus and prevailed. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF DTI-SDN
The resiliency of Surigao del Norte to rise above difficulties brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was brought to the fore by a recent Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) online trade fair.
“Karajawan nan Surigao” was the first of its kind put together by DTI– Surigao del Norte (DTI-SDN) in response to the challenges and impacts on local economy and micro small medium enterprises (MSME) of the coronavirus crisis, DTI-Surigao del Norte officer in charge Elmer Natad said.
Natad said DTI-SDN has been strategizing new and efficient measures to help boost the local trade and economy of Surigao del Norte.
Taking advantage of the digital trend, Surigaonon producers exhibited local products through Facebook live streaming, participated in by eight municipalities including Surigao City.
“We call on all Surigaonons to support locally made products. Particularly during this time of COVID19 pandemic, the livelihood of local producers is extremely affected. It’s about time we buy local, support local,” he said.
Regional director Gay Tidalgo said the platform was provided to broaden people’s awareness of local products in the province and in Caraga Region.
“These products not only reflect our continued economic activities in the region but more importantly, mirror the identity, ability and potentials of local producers,” she said.
Physical displays were put up during the trade fair’s opening day, with a limited number of people allowed to have discussions with Negosyo Center Business counselors and micro entrepreneurs while observing minimum health protocols.