Buy Pinoy Movement Foundation Inc. (BPMFI) expressed their woes that Filipino products are not marketed well and that Filipinos should “patronize our own products” to increase job generation in the country.
These concerns come from the Filipino tendency to import and patronize more foreign-manufactured products than our own.
Cecilla Ramos, secretary of BPMFI, told reporters on the ongoing BPMFI Trade Fair in SM Megamall that the Filipinos should give local products a chance and should buy more of our own products.
“In patronizing our own products, you are creating jobs. Our problem with un-employment will diminish,” Ramos said.
She claimed that Filipino manufacturers are already producing “world-class” native products and offering competitive prices to entice buyers to patronize Filipino products, both locally and internationally.
Of the total Filipino products traded in the fair, 60 percent are for export and the rest would be distributed for local market.
Ramos said that the enterprises targets P50,000 to P500,000 of sales, depending on the volume of the products they bring in. She added that traders have increased by 10 percent compared to last year, attributing to the developed trading in the country.
Ramos stressed that government agencies should also campaign local products by buying and marketing the products so that consumers may be aware of local producers.
“We are asking all government agencies. Instead of giving as corporate giveaways important items, patronize these local products . . .If only LGUs [local government units], banks, Congress and Senate [will patronize our products], all of this will generate employment,” Ramos said.
The BPMFI trade fair in SM Megamall markets and features native handicraft products made of abaca, rattan and the likes, as well as shoes and native food products such as native delicacies and other locally manufactured products.