Local businesses, MSMEs in BLISTT, government entities converge for four-day green business expo

Local businesses, MSMEs in BLISTT, government entities converge for four-day green business expo

Locally-manufactured and fresh, organic and homegrown products through micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) together with energy-efficient and energy-conserving appliances and equipment are displayed for sale from June 8 to 11 at Melvin Jones grounds, Burnham Park.

The event which is part of the Saleng/Pine Tree festival was launched this morning, June 8, with simple ribbon-cutting ceremonies by City Environment and Parks Management Office head Atty. Rhenan Diwas; La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (LISTT) representatives, Samantha Jean Hamada representing Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Rafael Resuello representing Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, Business representative Jasper Golangco, CEPMO assistant head Engr. Marivic Empizo and Tublay Councilor Dinglee Berto.

Accordingly, the four-day event was done in coordination with government agencies: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Womens’ groups through Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, and other private groups.

Fresh produce and preserves from BLISTT areas, and Live Tilapia from Ambuklao dam, Bokod, Benguet is also available on site.    

Golangco spoke of saving mother nature through product recycling and reuse, better waste disposal and management, and unmindful disposal of plastics. It is not too late for each to be responsible and contribute efforts towards our only planet, he said.

Hamada who represented Mayor Magalong enjoined the public to promote local homegrown products, amidst global competition, along with environment preservation through collective and community efforts. We work together for a clean and green Baguio, which will be a lasting legacy to the next generation. Environment revitalization is also a core agenda of the mayor, Hamada pointed out.

Tublay Councilor Dinglee Berto expressed gratitude for inclusion in the event and avowed good environmental practices in his hometown, 20 kilometers away from Baguio city. We partner with you and all communities around for a revitalized and sustainable environment, he said.              

CEPMO head Atty. Diwas pressed for action from each individual, family, and the community.  Let us be responsible stewards of our planet, catalysts and beacons of change for a sustainable future, Diwas ended.

The Saleng festival is a four-month celebration focused on environmental preservation and revitalization, technology and sustainable living. Celebratory activities include regreening and seedling distribution, regional environmental contests, green exposition, adventure activities, tree cart parade, recognition and exhibits, international day for diversity, world environment day, free emission testing, green runway and battle of the bands. – JGF