June 1, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – This year’s Kalinga Treasures Fair that was part the province’s 28th founding anniversary and 4th Bodong Festival celebrations yielded P16,715,504 in sales.  
 Benita Mangadap of the Department of Trade and Industry provincial office said the sales this year is 400 percent higher than the P3.9M ge-nerated in 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
The fair sales showed 37 percent came from real estate and trading, 30 percent from furniture and furnishings sector, 19 percent from wearables and fashion, 11 percent from processed foods, two percent from gifts and house decors, and one percent from ornamental plants.   
The fair that ran from Feb. 6 to 20 was participated in by 120 exhibitors from the province with some coming from Baguio City, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, and Ifugao.
The fair was organized by the DTI-assisted Chamber of Kalinga Producers, Inc. (CKAPI) together with the local government units and other agencies.
Organizers charged registration fees of P2,000 to CKAPI exhibitors and P2,500 to non-CKAPI on trading, and P2,500 to CKAPI members and P3,000 to non-CKAPI on furniture. Guest-exhibitors were charged P5,000.
 Mangadap said registration proceeds will help desfray incidental costs and will be used to purchase additional facilities of CKAPI to be used for future fairs. – Larry Lopez