Bicol Region, Philippines

Press Releases


October 3, 2013

 Bicolano MSMEs go to Manila for OKB

 DTI – Bicol –  The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bicol brings 102 entrepreneurs to Megatrade  Hall 2, 5th Level, Bldg. B of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City on October 10-13, 2013 for the 17th Orgullo kan Bikol Regional Trade Fair. (OKB-RTF).

The OKB-RTF 2013 will display Bicol’s best products made from finest handcrafted materials to prime food delicacies. It will bring the Bicolano entrepreneurs distinctive skills in weaving, innovating, and producing new products and designs to the world.

This annual marketing event offers wearables and homestyle products, processed foods, ceramics and pottery, furniture, fine jewelry, and other products that will surely delight the buyers.

Joining this year’s fair are 102 exhibitors from all over the region. Thirty will come from Albay, 11 from Camarines Norte, 16 from Camarines Sur, 15 from Catanduanes,12 from Masbate and 16 from Sorsogon. It will feature 28 new entrepreneurs, who will now be given full marketing assistance by the DTI via this trade fair. It will also feature 129 new products resulting from DTI’s product development activities prior to the event.

As in the past, this marketing event is a convergence activity. DTI partners with PhilExport, Comprehensive Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP), OKB Association, Inc., and Local Government Units (LGUs).

By way of this trade fair, DTI enjoins domestic and foreign buyers to take a closer look and become more aware of what these 102 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) produce. As DTI commits to provide its clients – the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) – better avenues to promote their fine products, they are also encouraged to explore the global market.

Opening ceremony will be at 10:00 in the morning, Oct. 10, 2013. (J.R.BERANGO-DTI-5)

Nitz Furniture

07 December 2012

Nitz Furniture & Piano Center tops OKB 2012 sales—a hall of famer for Most Innovative Product Award

DTI Bicol – A three -piece eco-furniture dining set made of scrap plyboard wins the nod of judges as the Most Innovative Product Award during the Market Week Philippines last Sept. 19-23 at SM Megamall. This made Nitz Furniture & Piano Center a hall of famer for the said award in an annual national trade fair. The company was also awarded as the Best Dressed Booth during the same event.

A DTI-Camarines Sur assisted enterprise, Nitz Furniture and Piano Center started in 1995 after Engr. & Mrs. Nestor Flores inherited the business from their respective parents who, at that time, were competitors. The company is a home-grown entrepreneur that is famous for its cosmopolitan, space-saving, and multi-functional furniture pieces fit for modern homes.

Fresh from its victory during the Market Week, Nits Furniture & Piano Center also topped the sales for this year’s OKB-Gayon Bicol Regional Trade Fair.

It has been DTI’s client for more than a decade now and a recipient of the agency’s entrepreneurial and skills training like marketing and product development. It has also been granted loan by Small Business corporation (SB Corp.), DTI’s financing arm for micro, small, and medium enterprises. (MSMEs).


September 24, 2012

OKB-Gayon Bicol Reg’l Trade Fair now on its 16th year

DTI – Region V, Legazpi City – The Orgullo Kan Bikol (OKB)-Gayon Bicol Regional Trade Fair, the longest running DTI organized trade fair in the Philippines will be held on October 4-7, 2012, at Megatrade Hall 2, 5th Level, Bldg. B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

The OKB-Gayon Bicol RTF is an annual marketing event where Bicol’s homegrown entrepreneurs are afforded valuable market exposure. It will showcase product lines, from Wearables & Homestyle, and Processed Foods.

For this year, new product labels will be launched at the fair. The labels, which were developed through the DTI-Region 5’s Food Business Development (BizDev) Program for selected clients in the food sector can be seen on processed food products, such as: Pili nut, taro chips, red wine, moringa herbal tea, pickled kangkong, muscovado sugar, noodles, peanut butter, dried danggit and ginger powder.

The new label designs enhance the overall product presentation of the various processed foods made in the Bicol provinces. Good packaging and labeling considerably improve the marketing potential of the products and increase their competitiveness.

Joining this year’s fair are ninety-eight (98) exhibitors from all over the region. It will feature twenty (21) new participants, who will now be given full marketing assistance by the DTI via this trade fair.

The new set of officers of the OKB Association, Inc. will be inducted during the opening program. A Bayong Special Setting will also highlight the event. Also featured are daily Fashion Shows plus Live Musical and Cultural Extravaganza by Bicolano artists, entertainers, & movie/ TV personalities. For the first time, an OKB Cafe will be mounted to cater Bicol’s food delicacies.

As in the past, this marketing and cultural event is a convergence activity. DTI partners with Department of Tourism Region V (DOT-V), PhilExport, Comprehensive Agrarain Reform Program (CARP), Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP), OKB Association, Inc., Local Government Units (LGUs), and Non-Government Organizations.

Atty. Leni G. Robredo will do the honors of cutting the ribbon and will induct the new set of OKB Association officers. Likewise, she will be the Keynote Speaker during the opening ceremony at 1:00 in the afternoon, Oct. 4, 2012.


15 September 2012

Bayong finds niches – a special setting at the OKB-Gayon Bicol 2012

DTI Bicol – The next time you see somebody use a bayong, take a closer look. He/she must be IN!

A Bayong special setting will feature the Best of Bayong from the Bicol Region, resulting from DTI-Region 5’s Bayong Development Project. The special setting will showcase the best bayong designs from the six (6) Bicol provinces; Region 5, being the national “Bayong Chammpion”.

The Bayong special setting would show that bayong has evolved from traditional to high-end uses. It has evolved into various kinds and designs. From bayong pang palengke, pang opisina, pang eskwela to bayong pang fashionista. With the product development initiatives of DTI-Region 5, new markets both domestic and international are reached as the traditional bayong becomes more competitive.

Why Bayong? Natural resources like karagumoy, pandan, buri, bacbac, abaca, tikog, sabutan and romblon abound in the countryside. It also conveys the green advocacy by making a shift in the use of the traditional, non-biodegradable plastic materials to the use of eco-friendly raw materials. The bayong development project, indeed, contributed significantly to the local economy aside from its role in protecting and preserving the environment. The Project was conceptualized with the two-fold benefit of boosting the economy and diminishing ecological imbalance.

OKB-Gayon Bikol, now on its 16th year, features food and handicraft products. It  will be held at the MegaTrade Halls of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City on October 4-7, 2012.

Bayong is in! Gamitin ang bayong.



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