July 24, 2024

LAGAWE, Ifugao – The local government recognized the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as movers of the economy.

As a tribute to the sector, the LGU initiated with the Department of Trade and Industry-Ifugao the first Merchants Parade Contest as a highlight of the Kulpi Ad Lagawe town fiesta.

Twenty-four local entrepreneurs participated in the event with the theme, “Walk your identity.”

Councilor Eric Jason Dugyon, sangguniang bayan chair of the committee on trade and industry, lauded the participants for their effort in showcasing and promoting their businesses through floats that were paraded around the town recently.

The criteria for judging are craftsmanship in the arts creation (30 percent); relevance of the design of decorations, concept of their showcased products, and theme (30 percent); uniqueness and originality of concept (20 percent); and overall impact (20 percent).

RBG Computers Cellshop and Enterprises emerged as the big winner with P25,000 prize.

Kay-ang Hill Travelers Inn and Riverview Restaurant ranked second and third with P20,000 and P15,000 prizes, respectively.

Tribu Sabsabali, Coni’s Kitchen & Hang-out, Kanto Cucina, Gio & Gibs Gowns & Events, and Pedros Pizza also were given a consolation of P10,000 each.

DTI-Ifugao OIC Director, Engr. Francis Pacio encouraged the entrepreneurs to continue to be the backbone of the economy.  He also enjoined the community to patronize and support the local businesses in the province.

“The merchants or MSMEs are the movers of our economy. Be fair in your dealings and transactions, and continue to improve your product and services,” said Pacio.

He urged the MSMEs to give their customers the best value for their money as he encouraged the community to go local and buy local.

“Let us patronize our own MSMEs. Go local, buy local,” Pacio said. – Peter Balocnit