By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—Eco-friendly products manufactured in Aklan have foreign markets.
“As a promoter of green economic development, Aklan’s products are sold outside the country,” said Rebecca Rascon, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional director for Western Visayas.
Aklan’s famous piña (pineapple) fibers are exported to the United States, Canada and Japan.
Wigs produced by Hair and Thread Producers Cooperative in Altavas town are exported to Africa.
“We are not only targeting the export market, but we are also raising awareness on green businesses practices,” Rascon said at the ongoing 2017 Aklan Green Product Expo in Iloilo City.
DTI is urging entrepreneurs to practice eco-friendly processes and contribute to environmental preservation. Rascon said this shift also teaches buyers to embrace natural products.
Ma. Carmen Iturralde, DTI-Aklan provincial director, said other green products include furniture, home decorations, crafts, and alternative sweeteners.
DTI is showcasing eco-friendly products from Aklan at the Aklan Green Product Expo at SM City in Iloilo City until October 1.