Speaking before the members of the quad-media during the BGTF press conference held Monday, Aug. 5 at Robinsons Naga, Fr. Marc Real, BFGT Project Director said that more than the income that will be generated from the event, the annual activity also intends to serve as an avenue to address poverty alleviation and promote home-grown produce, thereby giving a much-needed push for budding entrepreneurs to promote their crafts.
“While we intend to revive and sustain the trade fair which Bishop Francisco Gainza pioneered as a feature of the Peñafrancia festivity, we also wish to showcase the best of Bicol and capacitate MSMEs and boost product’s competitiveness, among others,” Fr. Marc added.
This is anchored on the Archdiocese of Caceres commitment to “build God’s kingdom by alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship and solidarity that promote integral development.”
Last year, BGTF reported an exhibitor’s total sales of 8.2M, which he said was used to fund various community outreach activities through the Social Action Center (SAC).
Archdiocese of Caceres Archbishop Rolando Octavus Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D., who had been attending the trade fair for the past 7 years, can only give words of appreciation to the organizers for not leaving “any stone unturned in making a trade fair like this very successful."
"I only have 3 messages to share, it's CGE. The C is to congratulate the Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair for its 10 years. Indeed it's more than a milestone, but 10 years of reaching out to the poorest people, reaching out to the budding entrepreneurs, 10 years of inviting ---- small business people to participate in this wonderful endeavor,” Tirona stated.
Tirona referred to the other acronym as G for Gratitude to all the participants – to the exhibitors, media, government agencies, exhibitors - for showing the power of partnership. E stands for encouragement which the Archbishop said, is symbolized by his consistent presence during the launching for the past years.
The presscon’s highlight was the unveiling of the tarp design for the BGTF 2019 with the participants putting on various emoticons to express their appreciation of the design.
BGTF will open on September 12 and will wrap up on Sept. 22. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)
By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay