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With the launch of the Bikol pili geographical indication (GI), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) expects to get a greater share of foreign market for pili nuts. A GI is a name or sign used by a certain product from a specific geographical location or origin. It may act as a guarantee that such product possesses certain qualities, reputation or other characteristics indigenous only to its geographical origin. A product usually has distinct characteristics influenced by geographical location such as climate, soil, humidity, and traditional practices that may be considered as value-added to the product. Pili nuts are found in six provinces of the region. In the photo, DTI Region 5 Director Jocelyn LB. Blanco (center) poses with (from left) Orgullo kan Bikol (OKB) Association Inc. President Nona Nicerio, Sorsogon Provincial Agriculturist Esteven D. Garcia, Department of Science and Technology – Forest Products Research and Development Institute(DOST-FPRDI) Doctor Arsenio B. Elia, and Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, and Resources Research and Development (BCARRD) Director Ninfa Pelea in the recent launch of the Bikol Pili GI during the recent Orgulllo kan Bikol regional trade fair at the Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. (DTI-PRU)