BAGUIO CITY (PIA) -- The IMPAKABSAT Regional Trade Fair returns to the Festival Mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa City from November 18 to 27, 2022.
Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary for Regional Operations Group Blesila Lantayona, Cordillera Regional Director Juliet Lucas and OIC-Assistant Regional Director Atty. Samuel Gallardo with Apayao Representative Eleanor Bulut-Begtang and Mountain Province Cong. Maximo Dalog Jr. represented by Atty. Cyphrine Dalog beat the gongs to symbolize the formal opening of the IMPAKABSAT Regional Trade Fair on Nov. 18.
In her message, Lantayona shared her hopes for continuous patronage of local products especially this Christmas season and to support the local crafters and creatives of the region as they recover from the pandemic and strong earthquakes that continue to shake the region.
The trade fair showcases the ingenious and innovative products that are distinct only in the Cordillera. From ethnic novelty items, gifts, house wares, food items, hand woven products, bamboo crafts, furniture, and collectible antiques.
"True to it, the IMPAKABSAT also is the manifestation of the creativity influenced by our origins, our beginnings, traditions and cultures that we continuously uphold for life,” Lucas said.
Begtang congratulated the DTI for holding the IMPAKABSAT which supports local entrepreneurs. “I hope IMPAKABSAT and other events of this purpose will continue to be held because it is a big help to our constituents engaged in handicrafts and other cottage industries as well as in agri and agro-tourism businesses,” she said.
Begtang also assured support from her office and the provincial government of Apayao thru Gov. Elias Bulut Jr. to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the DTI in endeavors such as the IMPAKABSAT to attain progress and development.
“I believe that when they are given the right opportunities and adequate assistance, they will bring an array of direct and indirect benefits to our respective provinces and the region as a whole. This is of course alongside our goal of promoting distinct Cordillera culture. My Office and the Provincial Government of Apayao continue to strengthen our Provincial MSME Development Council through meaningful collaboration with the DTI-Apayao.” Begtang added.
Dalog also acknowledged the DTI and the MSMEs for the staging of the IMPAKABSAT Regional Trade Fair which continues to develop and strengthen the MSMEs from the Cordillera region thru the promotion of indigenous crafts, resources and investment potentials amidst the different calamities that affected the region in recent months.
“The COVID-19 pandemic, the recent earthquakes and typhoons tremendously affected our small and medium entrepreneurs. This IMPAKABSAT is very timely because it gives us a chance to not only feature the Cordillera commodities but also recuperate from the past calamities and the pandemic by way of introducing and selling our products here in Manila, he said.
Dalog noted that the vision of Impakabsat when it was conceptualized in the 1990s was to give the small and medium enterprises in the Cordillera the opportunity to recover from the killer earthquake and has since been staged every year.
He added that the IMPAKABSAT regional fair is very unique because the Cordillerans will be featuring our best indigenous products thru a pre-Christmas event to help our government–supported local businesses.
IMPAKABSAT stands for the region’s six provinces namely, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, and the city of Baguio, and completed with the Ilocano word “kabsat” which means brother or sister. It was conceptualized a year after the 1990 “Killer Earthquake” that left Baguio City and other provinces in the region in shambles to serve as a platform and opportunity for Cordillerans to recover and rise again.
For years, the IMPAKABSAT has been held in Manila for wider reach. In July this year, the DTI-CAR brought back the IMPAKABSAT to Baguio City as part of the 35th Cordillera Month celebration. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR) (photos from DTI-CAR/Office of Cong. Begtang)