Regional Director Sheila Enciso (2nd from left) cuts the
ribbon signifying the opening of the mini-trade fair at the
DAR Regional Office compound on Wednesday. Assisting her are
(from left) Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Agrarian
Reform Beneficiaries Development and Sustainability Program
Ismael Aya-ay, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II
(PARPO II) Paulina Canales of Leyte, ARD for Administration
Ma. Fe Malinao, PARPO I Teresita Alde of Eastern Samar,
PARPO I Danilo Lozada of Southern Leyte, PARPO I Alma Peñero
of Leyte, and PARPO II Gilbert Apilado of Eastern Samar.
(Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
JOSE ALMITH L. SORIA
June 27, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – A
mini-trade fair featuring farmers’ products was opened yesterday
morning at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office
compound in this city.
Products ranging from
agricultural to processed foods and handicrafts were produced by the
different agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs)
throughout Eastern Visayas.
The said trade fair which
is among the activities lined up in relation to the 31st anniversary
celebration of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) will
run until June 28.
At the Leyte booth,
various types of rice (red, black, white, glutinous rice, etc.),
organic eggs, fruits and vegetables including vermicasts are
At the Eastern Samar
booth, several processed foods such as cassava chips, banana chips,
noodles with seaweed, brewed coffee, tablea, coco vinegar, salabat,
and calamansi concentrate are available. Handicrafts and vermicasts
are also sold here.
At the Northern Samar
booth, products available are piñato, tablea, pili products, coco
sugar, vinegar, and tuna in oil. They also have vermicasts and
Meanwhile unique products
at the Samar booth, are canton noodles with squash which has already
been issued with license to operate (LTO) by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), and white cheese; while unique products at the
Southern Leyte booth are guyabano tea and orchid pots.
According to Assistant
Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay, this trade fair is a venue to
showcase the products of the ARBs. He added, that this is an
evidence that the ARBs are gaining grounds in their respective
Aya-ay likewise disclosed
that these products will be showcased too during the Agrilink/ Foodlink/ Aqualink
2019, a national agribusiness exhibition organized by the Foundation
for Resource Linkage and Development, Incorporated (FRLDI), to be
held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on October 3-5, 2019.
He further disclosed that
the theme for that said event will be “Climate Resilient
Agriculture: A must for Region 8”.
Related to this, Regional
Director Sheila Enciso instructed the DAR Provincial Offices to
assist the ARBOs in coming up with the best products for that
national event. This is an opportunity for them to attract
institutional buyers, she added.