BACOLOD CITY: The Association of Negros Producers (ANP) is eyeing metal works and fabrication as one potential industry local producers should venture into, its chairperson Josephine Locsin said.
Locsin, who led the opening rites of the ongoing ANP Trade Fair and Exhibit for the 25th Bulawan Awards held at Robinsons Place Bacolod, said metal works is an industry that the province still does not have even with its abundant raw material supply.
If Negrense producers are persistent in venturing into this industry, they can really excel in it even by just using simple machineries, she said.
For a start, Locsin said local producers may use metal as major component of different products like furniture.
“We already have potential market. We only need to make sure that the new products we are making are market-oriented,” she said.
Moreover, the ANP chair cited the rich Capiz shells of Hinigaran town as another potential product to process.
Locsin said these shells are “number one” in the country terms of quality, but since local producers cannot maximize it for processing, other processors buy it in volume.
“If we have enough and necessary machineries, it is really a good business venture,” she said.
Meanwhile, Locsin said the Bulawan Awards is an annual product design competition of ANP aimed at maintaining the level of excellence in products made in Negros Occidental and to acknowledge the hard work that goes into the creation of these products.
This event recognizes the outstanding products of the association members and is designed to encourage ingenuity, creativity, and commitment among the local producers in terms of product innovation, packaging and the development of new products, she added.
Baby Madera, chairperson of the 25th Bulawan Awards, said the awards is coveted among members as it inspires them to create products that can be highly-competitive in both domestic and international markets.
The association recognizes local producers who have excelled in the fields of food, furniture and luminary, home furnishing, and fashion and garments production, Madera added.