ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–In line with the celebration of National Women’s Month, the Iligan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Incorporation (ICCIFI) opened the 2023 Trade Fair, March 3, at Robinsons Place atrium.

The trade fair features the best products of 50 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the city, ranging from processed food, gifts, and housewares to fashion accessories, beverages, home style and living, and health and organic products.

ICCIFI President Reggie Punongbayan said the event is an opportunity for businesses, entrepreneurs, and community members to come together and showcase their products, services, and ideas.

“Iligan City is always been known for its rich culture and history. This event is a testament to the vibrancy and diversity of our community. As we explore the different exhibits and stalls, we see the ingenuity and creativity of our local businesses, entrepreneurs, and the students, who are also participating in this event,” she said.

Meanwhile, Department of Labor and Employment Lanao del Norte OIC Provincial Head Lawyer Safrali Cabili said the trade fair is a big accomplishment for the Iligan Chamber because it is one way of showcasing local products. “Nowadays, not all of us would prefer an imported product, and I think this is the start of patronizing our own,” he said.

Moreover, the chairperson of the Committee on Trade and Commerce Industry, City Councilor Marlene Young, extended her full support to the business community.

“Being the chairperson of the Committee of Trade and Commerce Industry, we would like to assure you that we will do our best to put our efforts, especially in my office, to pass the possible resolutions and ordinances to improve the life of our business owners in Iligan,” she said.

The MSMEs will continue to display their products until March 8. Other activities lined up include financial literacy, a cultural show, a women’s success story forum, and Kapehan sa Iligan Chamber. By : Charlene Collantes (CEC/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)