Congressional spouses promote their districts through Kabuhayan Fair
MANILA - The spouses of district representatives will be holding a trade fair showcasing the best products from their areas next month, two officers of the foundation said Thursday.
From November 8 to 11, some 100 vendors from 13 different regions will be selling their goods at the Megatrade Hall 1 at the SM Megamall.
Luli Arroyo-Bernas, daughter of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who serves as president of the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. (CSFI), said the event would feature products you would not normally see in Metro Manila because these would be from "very small enterprises in the provinces" across the country.
Margie Duavit, wife of Rizal Rep. Jack Duavit and treasurer of the foundation, said compared to other trade fairs headlining Filipino artisan products, products in the Kabuhayan Fair would have a lower price point.
This is to fulfill one of their objectives, which is to "be able to bring Filipino products to a wider audience," said Arroyo-Bernas.
"These are really artisans who work out of their homes or out of a co-op space. They don’t have the means to bring their beautiful handcrafted things to the market where they can fetch a higher price," she told ANC's Headstart.
"You can’t discriminate based on who can afford and who can’t. It’s always better to be able to present products that are well-made at a price point that’s affordable. The producers are able to gain a wider market as well," she said.
Together with their sponsors, the event hopes to raise "a couple of millions" to give to its beneficiary, the tuna fishermen in Lagonoy Gulf and Mindoro Strait who do hand-line fishing "because that is the environmentally sound way or sustainable way."
CSFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization which aims to support the legislative initiatives of members of the House of Representatives through the implementation of socio-civic projects.
Former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez initially abolished the office, but Arroyo re-installed it when she was elected as leader of the chamber.