MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Sept. 15 --The food basket of Northern Mindanao is about to become bigger digitally.
Otopbukidnon.com, the first webstore of Bukidnon featuring the best of food and non-food products of the province is set to add fifty or more products in its digital store in the coming months. The webstore was launched by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon to assist the micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) affected by the pandemic to recover as number of businesses stopped their operations due to limited movement of goods since the start of the quarantine period last March 2020.
"Nahimo ni nato aron tabang sa MSMEs. Kadtong mga dili ka-access sa internet ug kadtong walay capability mo-adapt sa new normal. Didto nato i-market ilang produkto ug dili lang locally, pwede sad ma-market maski asa nga part sa Philippines. (We did this as assistance to the MSMEs. Those who don't have access to the internet and those who are not capable in adapting to the new normal. We will market their products not just locally but also in other parts of the Philippines)," Yvonne Joy Ambrosio, OTOP focal person of DTI Bukidnon, said during her media guesting in DTI Northern Mindanao's Para sa Negosyo ug Konsumante teleradio program.
Ambrosio explained that the webstore was conceptualized to be simple and user-friendly to avoid inconvenience to the consumers in their buying experience. Interested buyers simply need to visit the webstore, choose among the array of products, add items to the cart, fill out the necessary shipping details, pay online and wait for the products to be delivered right at their doorstep.
"Isa lang ka-click, add to cart, then payment option, kay bank transfer or Paymaya. Makapalit na atong mga consumers through the OTOP e-store (With just one click, add to cart, then the payment option is bank transfer or Paymaya. Consumers can buy through the OTOP e-store)," she added.
The webstore currently showcases 16 products including the award-winning arabica and robusta varieties of coffee and the Maramag Tablea, which are included in the top five best tablea in the Philippines. Other products include varieties of vinaigrette, turmeric powder, barquirice, blue ternate, adlai grain or brew, camote chips, stevia powder, virgin coconut oil, pineapple jam, dried pineapples, bamboo straw, and hand-woven mats.
The webstore can be accessed through otopbukidnon.com. It is operated by the Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association (TWWA) Enterprise, a partner of DTI Bukidnon. (DTI-10/PIA Bukidnon)