ABRA BAMBOO. A chair made of bamboo is sold during the ‘Impakabsat’ Trade Fair of the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday (Aug. 12, 2022). Impakabsat, which is Ilocano for brotherhood, aims to help local producers and businessmen in the provinces to bring their products to a larger market. (PNA photo by Liza T. Agoot)
BAGUIO CITY – Abra's micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) were able to sell goods worth over PHP1.2 million in the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) week-long Impakabsat Trade Fair.

DTI-Abra OIC provincial director Francis Pacio on Friday said sales during the event held in this city reached PHP1,293,859.

Now on its 10th year, “Impakabsat” - taken from the Ilocano word for brotherhood - is an annual event of the DTI Cordillera showcasing local products in an effort to boost the income of MSMEs in the region.

“We opened during the Cordillera Day and there were many who looked for Cordillera-themed vests and apparel that they will use for the celebration and the parade. Our items were sold out and many were still asking for more,” he said.

Contributing to the huge sales was the fact that the event, held from July 16 to 22, was staged in the middle of the month, on payday, Pacio added.

Among the products sold were Abra handwoven and hand embroidered vests, clothing and apparel, processed food, wood and bamboo furniture, decorations, and gift items..

Aside from the Impakabsat, the DTI also facilitated Abra’s participation in another trade fair, “Women Strong Hybrid,” this time at SM Megamall in Metro Manila from August 1 to 3.

“Two days after the earthquake, our participants decided they want to bring their products to Manila so they traveled with their goods, which showed the resilience of the Abra people from calamities,” Pacio said.

The trade fair also saw women entrepreneurs sharing their inspiring stories.

During the event, several booths were also recognized like Namarabar ethnic shop from Peñarrubia, Abra which got the Best Sales Award, and F. Barcena’s bamboo craft from Udangan, La Paz, Abra winning the Best Booth Award.

“Their products are of export quality and they continue to improve so that they will be known in their respective fields,” Pacio said. (PNA)