'Kapitolyo Market' entreps gain over P1-M sales

SAN JOSE, Antique, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- Micro entrepreneurs who participated in the Kapitolyo Market earned over P1 million for selling various food products, in line with the Binirayan Festival 2020 in Antique. 

The month-long event last December, which was an initiative of Governor Rhodora Cadiao, aimed to spur the economic gains of Antiqueños who have lost their jobs due to pandemic.

“It’s not just a food festival. We gathered the Antiqueños with the hope that we call it as an incubator activity so that their online business can earn enough hopefully,” Provincial Tourism Officer In Charge Juan Carlos Perlas said.  

In a press release from the Provincial Information Office, Kevin Leigh Zulueta, one of the participating entrepreneurs, shared how the provincial government was able to help these merchants especially in providing free water, electricity, and rental.

“Kapitolyo Market, the Tourism Office, especially the province itself helped us a lot. We are thankful and really blessed that we have been part of the Kapitolyo Market,” Zulueta expressed.

He also mentioned that entrepreneurs shouldered P5,000 for the construction of the booth which was also turned over to them after the Kapitolyo Market.

To recall, the Kapitolyo Market was opened to the public with strict observation of standard health protocols.

Perlas narrated those protocols that were practiced included body temperature checking, wearing of face masks, adjusting of operating hours from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and submitting of health clearance of booth personnel.

The provincial tourism officer added that barriers were placed on cocktail tables and food stalls as instructed by the Municipal Health Office upon the inspection of the venue.

“In terms of safety, again, I reiterate the importance of maintaining the healthy standards and assisting the people on how to live their lives amidst the pandemic,” Perlas said. (LTP/LML-PIA6 Antique)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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