The Catbalogan City Agro-Industrial Trade Fair, one of the regular activities of the City Government in line with the Manaragat Festival Monthlong Fiesta Celebration, opened yesterday August 3, at the City Hall grounds.

Fr. Pines Tabones led in blessing the trade fair area and was joined by Department Heads, city officials, City Agriculture Office employees and small-scale producers as witnesses. City Agriculturist Ruth Dasal then did the honours of cutting the ceremonial ribbon, with the assistance of Assistant City Agriculturist Daniel Daguman to signal the official opening of the 2011 Catbalogan City Agro-Industrial Trade Fair. Other officials who graced the affair were City Councilors Teodoro “Teddy” Ilagan, Maximo “Max” Pescos and Stephany “Step” Uy-Tan.

This year’s trade fair saw the participation of LGU initiated groups such as the City Agriculture Office (CAO) and the Catbalogan City Camera Club (CCCC). The CAO is selling agricultural products harvested by farmers’ groups, which they have organized and which were cultivated in the LGU-owned and managed green house.

Jointly organized by the City Government and the Department of Trade and Industry-Samar (DTI), the trade fair was originally conceptualized as a venue where provincial producers will be able to promote their products and introduce it to a wider market. The Association of Samar Producers (ASaP) and the Marabut Furnitures are known regular participants while taking part for the first time is the Feel Good N’ Comfy (FGC), a company selling a line of organic beauty products.

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