Now, you don’t need to go to local art shops to buy that native purse you have always wanted.
Shop Lokal, an eight-day affair Christmas bazaar and a partnership between Robinson’s Place Bacolod and the local government unit of Bacolod featuring small, medium enterprises and homegrown businesses has officially opened.
Participants showcase their traditional decors, homemade treats, fruits and vegetables and handicrafts.
The opening and the official ribbon cutting of the shop lokal trade fair was led by the Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
“This is a selling and learning activity,” George Zulueta, executive director of local investment board said, adding that while they are selling, participants are also encouraged to join trainings like mushroom growing and photography the LGU has prepared.
The income of Bacolod city comprises practically 50% from the small businesses and 85% of around 25,000 businesses are micro-business according to Zulueta.
“This is all part of our marketing,” he said, adding, “We are linking the small and medium enterprises who cannot afford to pay rent on the establishments and we from the LGU subsidize and make it sustainable so that they could have their products displayed.”
The most successful program of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia for small businesses was the vaccination rollout—inoculating small businesses employees, he added.
Leonardia also led the opening and the official ribbon cutting of the shop lokal trade fair.