Palawan prepares for annual 'Baragatan' celebration

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, May 16 (PNA) -- The provincial government of Palawan has started its preparation for this year’s “Baragatan,” a convergence event that celebrates the founding of its civil government and brings together local government units (LGUs) in one large trade fair.

Baragatan, rooted from the Cuyunon word “bagat,” means “people coming together” from various towns in Palawan to celebrate their culture and traditions through songs, dances, trade shows, exhibitions, and other activities.

As part of the preparation, the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development Office (PEEDO) is now accepting applicants, who want to participate in the Technology and Livelihood Development Center (TLDC) trade and private trade fairs in Baragatan, which will be celebrated in June.

In this year’s celebration, the theme is “Tuwid na Daan Tungo sa Maunlad na Palawan,” according to Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Friday.

Incidentally, the Baragatan celebration will be the first time for Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, who will lead the soft opening of the trade fairs on June 9.

“The grand opening will be on June 16, and will end on June 23, the day the province will celebrate the 112th founding anniversary of its civil government,” said Acosta. The overall chairman is Caesar Sammy Magbanua, the governor’s chief of staff.

At the TLDC trade fair, visitors and residents can enjoy quality souvenirs they can take home, such as cashew products, banana chips, and other delicacies. There will also be handicrafts, woodcrafts, baskets, bamboo crafts, and others that are “truly Palaweño made.”

The TLDC trade fair hopes to showcase the craftsmanship and skills of Palaweños in the creation of local products that can be taken home as “pasalubong.”

In the private trade fair, manufactured consumer products will be sold, from clothes to home appliances, toys, and others.

Acosta said they will closely inspect all items that will be sold in the private trade fair as they will not allow pirated, suspected smuggled products, old clothes or appliances (ukay-ukay), items that can cause fire incidents and sharp or bladed items that can hurt people.

Each applicant will have to submit an application form, Mayor’s business permit, DTI and BIR registrations, and copy of official receipt of paid rental fee at the Provincial Treasurer’s Office.

The documents will be submitted to the chairman of the private trade fair and Palawan TLDC trade fair at the PEEDO. The last payment of rental fee will be on May 28. (PNA)
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