IDPs join ‘Grandioso Venta’ at Plaza Pilar PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2015 17:36

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) have joined the long list of exhibitors in the City Government-sponsored Grandioso Venta del Mercado or grand market sale that kicked off Feb. 19 until Feb. 26 at Plaza del Pilar in line with the celebration of 78th Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga.

Mayor Beng Climaco, who led the opening of the grand market sale acknowledged the efforts of the IDP groups, particularly the Sama Dilauts, that are participating in the 8-day event by putting on sale their fish products at very affordable prices.

Grandioso Vental del Mercado features agri-fishery products and other goods that are innate and distinct to barangays under the One Barangay One Product (OBOP) concept. It is jointly organized by the Investment Promotions Division under the Office of the Mayor and the City Agriculturist Office in partnership with the other agencies.

“We invite our constituents to come and buy the products sold at very affordable prices. I was able to purchase products from the IDPs, the IDPs are very happy and are able to contribute in our celebration of Dia de Zamboanga,” the mayor said.

She likewise cited the organizers for initiating such an activity but stressed that it would not have been possible without the participation of the exhibitors, businessmen, and small and medium scale entrepreneurs. More than the business side, she said, the participation of all the exhibitors speak well of the latter’s trust and confidence on the city government.

Joining the mayor during the opening program were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors BG Guingona and Ismael Musa, City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, Kasanyangan chairman Hanapi, Rural Improvement Club and other partners.

The grand market sale, the first during “Dia de Zamboanga”, primarily aims to reach out to the city’s 98 barangays and look for distinct products that will be showcased during the “City of Charm” activity slated sometime in September this year with some businessmen from China coming over.

It will transform Plaza del Pilar into a market place by day and an alternative live entertainment hub by night; it is where the locals can see, buy, eat, drink and enjoy the products, foods and drinks on grand sale at special prices. — Sheila Covarrubias