The Regional Development Council (RDC) will launch on Saturday, December 10, the “Weekend Tienda sa Iloilo”, a bazaar featuring homegrown food products, handcrafted gift items, local art works, fruits, fisheries and aquaculture products, and many more.
The weekend market to be held at the Casa Real de Iloilo (old provincial capitol) was organized to provide venue to local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase and market their products.
Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Ma. Concepcion III and the Assistant Secretaries of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Industry, Science and Technology and Tourism were invited to grace the opening of the weekend market at 10:00 a.m. They will be joined by top local officials of the province and city and officials of the proponent agencies and private sector organizations.
Aside from the selling of various products, there will be side sessions on business registration, product development, design improvement, packaging, market matching, financial management, compliance with environmental laws and other sessions as well as events that will feature the cultural and musical performances of local artists and groups to showcase their talents.
The weekend tienda is spearheaded by a management board headed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) with partners from the city and province of Iloilo, other national government agencies, and private sector. National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 6 regional director Ro-Ann Bacal said earlier that the weekend tienda is envisioned to continue and become a self-sustaining enterprise with year-round activities and to evolve into a model of public and private partnership and cooperation.