SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Nineteen towns and one city are participating in the Agri-Tourism One Town, One Product (OTOP) trade fair exhibits which opened to the public on Tuesday in front of the city hall as part of the celebration of 167th La Union Foundation Anniversary.
“These municipalities and city showcase their products in agriculture, fisheries, and as well as tourism sites,” Gov. Francisco Emmanuel ‘Pacoy’ R. Ortega III said, adding that this is in line with the province’s vision to be the “Heart of Agri-Tourism in Northern Luzon by 2020”.
The exhibited products are “sea urchins” of Balaoan town; several fruits like guava and grapes from Bauang; bamboo handicrafts of Pugo and Sudipen; tourist spots like ‘Baluarte’ or Spanish Watch Tower, pebble stones of Luna; ‘Tangadan Falls’ of San Gabriel and Bagulin; ‘Balay Anito Falls’ in Santol;
Several native vegetables of San Fernando City, and mushroom products of Agoo and Aringay; tiger grass soft brooms from Bagulin, San Gabriel, and Burgos; sugarcane wine and vinegar from Naguilian; dried fish or ‘daing’ from Sto. Tomas; ‘inabel’ cloth of Bangar; and honey from Bacnotan.
“Participants have their own booth designs limelight to display their OTOP, providing traders the opportunity to make direct entries to regional markets at very affordable cost as they will have the leeway to reach and interact with other local exhibitors and market their products,” Ortega added.
The Agri-tourism trade fair is an annual activity and generates livelihood for rural areas which are abundant in several OTOP products.
Aside from Gov. Ortega, Vice Governor Aureo Augusto Q. Nisce, together with other local officials, graced the opening of the exhibits and cut the ceremonial ribbon. ERWIN BELEO and VICENTE ALHAMBRA JR/Northbound Philippines News