LGUs urged to support ‘Buy Local, Go Lokal!’ campaign
Ehda M. Dagooc (The Freeman) - September 22, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Local government units (LGUs) in Central Visayas were told to pass resolutions supporting the “Buy Local, Go Local” campaign to accelerate economic revival.

Regional Development Council- Economic Development Council chairperson Virgilio Brigido Espeleta said there is a need for LGU executives to push consumers in their respective localities to patronize local products, especially in this challenging economic situation.

LGUs are urged to submit resolutions expressing support the “Buy Local, Go Lokal” campaign of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to empower the micro and small businesses in the region as they slowly reopen.

Espeleta, a former president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), said that aside from LGUs, members of the RDC are also directed to express support to this campaign, which is considered as vital to economic recovery from the slump caused by the pandemic.

Supporting the campaign would mean more employment opportunities even in the middle of pandemic, Espeleta said.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) was also requested to formulate extensive information campaign encouraging consumers to patronize local products over imported goods.

Meanwhile, DTI has already set up several “Go Lokal!” stores in the region.

Go Lokal! stores carry everyday products made from indigenous materials with world-class and modern twists, processed food, home decor, arts and crafts, health and wellness products, fashion apparel, accessories, and health and eco friendly items.

This is also a kind of retail outlet where style meets functionality and modern meets indigenous. DTI assists product development of the participating local manufacturer-vendors.

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