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Artisan exhibit at APEC. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. (right) and Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) Director Rhodora M. Leaño hold one of the products of Region 6 on display at the Artisan Exhibit during the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Ministerial Meeting at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City on September 24, 2015. DTI believes Filipino artisanship is reflected in the country’s homegrown products. Local artisans have been trailblazers in creating excellent designs by using natural materials and applying innovative techniques. DTI hosted the said meeting, with theme of “Mainstreaming Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Global Economy”. Discussions in the meeting touched on promoting inclusive growth through sustainable and resilient MSMEs, advancing modernization and standards and conformance of MSMEs, and removing barriers to facilitate MSMEs entry to markets. (DTI-PRU)