mini jeep

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. (right) and Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) Director Rhodora M. Leaño (left) closely look at jeepney miniatures presented by (from left) Manoarts Corporation’s Account Executive Raquel E. Balmori and Sales Supervisor Fedis Marie D. Velardo at the Sikat Pinoy National Furniture and Furnishings Fair on November 5, 2014 at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Manoarts Corporation is one of the exhibitors of the fair. The company is based in Cebu City and currently exports its products in the US, Europe and China. In his welcoming message during the fair, Manalo said the furniture and furnishing industry is one of the country’s major industries. There are about 15 thousand entrepreneurs engaged in furniture and home furnishings and 98 percent of them are small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The industry employs 2.1 direct and indirect employees, and generates 5.4 million jobs from dependent industries. Thus, it creates 7.5 million jobs for the country. (DTI-PRU)