Produkto Lokal, undeniably, is one of the staple events in the City of Love that promotes local products by local suppliers. It is instrumental in the spawning of the term ‘support local’ – encouraging Ilonggos to support local suppliers. Way before the pandemic, it has been the advocacy of Produkto Lokal to serve and promote the Ilonggo market.
What is ‘Bakal Lokal’?
According to www.bakal-lokal.com: In line with Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc.’s (YFI) strategy to make increasingly active contributions to the sustainable development goals and regional economic recovery, Youth First Initiative Philippines, Inc. (YFI PH Inc.) in partnership with DOST-VI is implementing a pandemic response program entitled Bakal Lokal.
Bakal Lokal bridges MSMEs, producers, delivery services, advocacies, and consumers using modern technology and strategies. As quarantine and lockdown measures reveal business continuity and sustainability challenges on local businesses, transportation providers, and consumers, Bakal Lokal will not only focus on providing a platform but also in developing the capacity and potential of our partners through our awareness campaigns and capacity building training.
The project desires to promote decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) along with responsible production and consumption (SDG 12) in Western Visayas. The challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has brought an urgency to the implementation of this project. Under the Grants-in-Aid (GIA) fund of DOST VI, YFI PH Inc. will implement the program in Region VI starting in Iloilo City for the first year of the project.
What are the products on ‘Bakal Lokal’?
Products include fresh produce, food and beverage, crafts, sustainable fashion, body and beauty products, and services. Participating shops include 3T Paracord, Abby’s Chicharon, Agubayani, ALDI Foods, Amore Home Fragrances, Arreto, CBT Local Coffee Inc., Cuddle and Smiles, Dela Yna, DTI ISAT-U, Ecosnuggles, Einar’s Natural Food Export, HBN Soapworks, Helen’s Kitchen, Karaza Premium Siomai, Kombe Kombucha, Lambufresh, Lorenzo Farm, Mulave Studios, Next Chapter, Pixie Hollow, Rivory Frozen Goods, Rodson Woodcraft, Sunburst Balay Tablea, Superhouse Coffee Solutions, Team Dugong Bughaw, The Pallet House, and Z’s Organic Hub.