With the coming of September, Christmas season has started in the Philippines. It’s the time of the year when some of us begin making a list of gifts and thinking about what to prepare for Christmas dinner. To give you ideas on what’s to give this Christmas and to network with food producers in the country, try visiting this coming trade fair put up by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI will hold its 17th Bagsakan trade fair this coming September 4 at the Civic Drive, Festival Mall, in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

DTI’s Bagsakan is a showcase of the best products of MSMEs from Bataan, NCR, Laguna, Rizal, and Samar.

According to DTI, the one-day selling activity will help food producers and small businesses sell their products and support the economy amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

The upcoming Bagsakan will showcase a rich selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, alimango,  sugpo, hipon, healthy rice, organic eggs, wild honey, shrimp bagoong,  smoked fish, crab paste, Bicol express, sinantolan, kinunot, laing, different flavors of jams, tapa, shanghai na bangus, Alaminos longganisa; favorite Filipino snacks and pasalubong products like suman, polvoron, araro cookies, varieties of chips, cashew, peanuts, butter cookies, tamarind balls, sweet and spicy squid and dilis, nilasing na hipon, and more.  

On sale too are fashion items, health and wellness products and home essentials such as varieties of washable face masks; stylish abaca footwear from Liliw, Laguna; authentic woven tikog and buri bags and banig from Samar; locally inspired and trendy blazers, jackets, bags and shoes; colorful sofa mats and door mats; as well as hand soap and home cleaning supplies. 

The event will also feature PWD-led MSMEs and social enterprise namely Handcrafted by Harl’s with their popularly known leather and tikog face mask “Maska”; and Everything Green with their eco-friendly and stylish footwear.  

The Bagsakan Special Project is an initiative of the DTI’s Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) to help MSMEs promote their products and bring pre-ordered items closer to consumers through pick-up option while observing social distancing. 

Orders are taken before the event and various payment options are made available for added convenience. 

Consumers and institutional buyers are also encouraged to place bulk orders to help the MSMEs sustain their businesses. 

Since March, DTI-BDTP has conducted 16 Bagsakan selling activities which generated more than P6 million in sales and assisted 93 MSMEs, farmers, fruit growers, and social cooperatives from Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Laguna, Quezon, Cavite, Rizal, Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Guimaras, Samar, Zamboanga, NCR, and Cordillera Administrative Region. 

The DTI-BDTP is working on partnerships to expand the Bagsakan Special Project in various commercial establishments as well as in e-commerce platforms.