AC OTOP sales in ‘labor of love’ live selling to aid livelihood program

ANGELES CITY — Recognizing the dedication and hard work behind world-class Gawang Angeleño products, the One Town One Product store here hosted a “labor of love” live selling earning P44,020 in sales.

The local merchants have agreed to set aside 15% of the sales to purchase livelihood kits for accessories and lanyard making, which will be given to beneficiaries of their choosing, Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr., says.

“Nakakataba po ng puso na sa ganitong paraan naaabutan natin ng tulong ang mga Angeleños. Maraming salamat po sa mga local merchants natin,” he added.

“Despite the ongoing health crisis we are facing, good deeds are still everywhere and it is like a domino effect,” Lazatin furthered.

According to Irish Bonus-Llego, Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office (ACEDIPO) head, the beneficiaries for the livelihood program will also be trained under the supervision of ACEDIPO, which also manages the OTOP store.

“The finished products will then be displayed for selling in our OTOP shop,” Bonus-Llego mentioned.

This is the second time that the OTOP store has hosted a live selling event with the initiative of Mayor Lazatin in strengthening the “Pasal-One, Angeleño Pa” campaign, which aims to promote local products and help local Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) especially during the pandemic.

The said live selling is also in line with the city government’s celebration of Labor Day.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting, who graced the live selling, said local MSMEs play a vital role in showing the rich talent, culture, and arts of Angeles City.

With every Gawang Angeleño product lies the mighty mind and hands of our local producers, which really deserves a spotlight worldwide, Vega-Cabigting said.

Since the re-opening of the OTOP store, Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel has been supervising and working closely with the ACEDIPO in ensuring programs for the local MSMEs.

Chief Adviser and Tactician IC Calaguas on the other hand shared that Mayor Lazatin will continue to support the city’s MSMEs in championing Gawang Angeleño products.

Manuel and Calaguas, who were present during the event, also thanked Angeleños for patronizing Gawang Angeleño products, especially the all-out-support of miners.

Some of the products sold during the live selling were miniature ships from Adto Ship; metal plant stands by BG Metals; water bonsais of the JJBMS Blooming Greens; plant baskets from Cutud Weavers; recycled bags by Ellen’s Handbags; kitchen organizers from Flores Handicrafts; bayong bags of Tamayuq; handpainted home decors by Tabak’s Artworks; fashion accessories of K’s creations; wooden kitchenweare from WoodCraft by Madison; Capiz home decorations from Chilona Fabrica; and hair accessories of Stitched by Raj.

Also part of the live selling was a raffle draw, prizes of which were donated by Manuel, Calaguas, also Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Vice President for Operations, Beautéderm Corporation led by  Chief Executive Officer and President Rei Anicoche-Tan, IBAC products, and Pepper’s Closet PH.

It can be recalled that in December 2020, the OTOP had conducted a historic 12.12 sale and live selling event.

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