Lawmakers push for Otop products


Businesses sell local products at Congress during “OTOP Goes to Congress” photo and product exhibition on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. PHOTO BY KAREN BONCOCAN

MANILA, Philippines—Lawmakers on Tuesday urged the public to buy local goods instead of imported items especially this Christmas season, when hordes of shoppers troop to malls and other shopping areas to hunt for the best bargains.

Manila Representative Benjamin Asilo, chairman of the House committee on people’s participation, is pushing for the buy-local campaign through House Bill 4962, or the “People’s Participation in Industry Cluster-based Programs and Projects Act,” which he said is an affirmation from the panel of its commitment to support the local economy.

In support of local products, particularly those produced in different villages of the county, small and medium businesses showcased their products at the North Wing Lobby of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The product exhibition, dubbed “OTOP (One Town One Product) Goes to Congress,” continues Wednesday.

DTI Undersecretary for Regional Operations and Development Group Merly Cruz said that “OTOP Goes to Congress” was the result of conversations with lawmakers on how to “upscale Otop” and “lay out a pathway on how to articulate the House Bill.”

Deputy Speaker Pablo Garcia hoped that the event would not only encourage local businesses but also enable them to expand their ventures. With HB 4962, he said that towns may even produce several products in order to “help small industries in our towns.”

“This Christmas, let’s buy local goods,” urged Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Teddy Casiño.

HB 4962, which is pending in the House appropriations panel, seeks to engage civil society and business organizations in community development and government projects by developing local products and services.

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  • mark1205

    We are at par with our Asian neighbors when it comes to natural resources but how come we have very little industries for our consumption. We don’t need RH bill if we could just attract investors to put up factories and give employment to our rich workforce. Its the governments fault allowing so much substandard quality products from China that we deny privilege to our local players.

  • for_Prosperity

    The local government must support this bill and support the promotion of local products. Let us help promote our own, buy our own. Corrupt officials – stay away!

  • iping2sison

    The proposed bill should allow villagers to manufacture and sell their products without interference from the government. Small scale manufacturers should be exempt from any form of taxation and licenses.

  • Klepto

    Philippine products are sub standard. Walang class. Walang functional value. Ang magandang produkto lang galing sa Pilipinas ay mga kalapating mababa ang lipad.

    • Romero Dangoy

      Punta ka ng Germany at Switzerland may makikita kang mga taong naka suot ng Bench natin at ibang lahi sila at tanungin mo kung bakit kasi comfortable silang gamitin, Broaden your knowledge kid

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