With much fervor and enthusiasm, the men and women officers of Produkto DavNor, raised their hands in unison as they all took their oath of office in the presence of no less than Davao del Norte Provincial Governor Edwin “Kuya Gob” Jubahib last April 20, 2021.
Produkto DavNor is an association of producers whose products are locally-made and certified as genuinely crafted by entrepreneurs who are bona fide constituents of the Province of Davao del Norte. Their products, ranging from fashion accessories, gift items, art works, handicrafts, and a variety of food products, are on display at the Davao del Norte Investment and Promotion Center (DNIPC), which houses the present Pasalubong Center located just across the Provincial Capitol main building.
Originally launched in 2012, the Pasalubong Center serves as a souvenir shop, a facility that provides market exposure to local producers. It gives opportunity for local producers to gain a wider market and expand their product distribution, and which also allows them to increase their volume of production. At any rate, the Pasalubong Center showcases the ingenuity and entrepreneurial skills of the Produkto Davnor producers and the people of Davao del Norte in general.
Starting with only 15 producers, the DavNor Pasalubong Center now boasts of 60 producers coming from the different municipalities and cities of the province. From these producers, Pastor Albert Dillo who makes different kinds of handicraft, was elected as their association President, while Mr. Emmanuel Bayani, who is engaged in making Bagoong or fermented shrimp paste, is the duly-elected Vice-President. Meanwhile, the newly-elected set of officers vowed to perform their duties and responsibilities in the organization with the end in view of developing further the quality of their products, thereby fostering investment and tourism in the province.
With Produkto DavNor now in place and intensified, home-grown products are just within the reach of both domestic and international tourists alike.