Casiño urges shoppers to buy Pinoy this Christmas

AT the Buy Pinoy, Build Pinoy exhibit at the North Wing lobby of Congress, House Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Chairman Rep. Teddy Casiño urged Christmas shoppers to buy Filipino-made products “to help spur the local economy and provide much needed income to our local producers, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Buying Filipino made products would also help more of our countrymen to have jobs, especially now that unemployment is rising,”

Casiño made the call as a recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showed that 29.4 percent of its respondents said that they were unemployed, equivalent to 11.7 percent of Filipinos, compared to the government’s official figure of 7 percent, or 2.8 million.

“Sa pagbili ng mga gawang Pinoy e matutulungan nating magkarron ng hanapbuhay at trabaho ang ating mga kababayan, lalo pa ngayong Pasko.It is during Christmas that we encounter a lot of imported products – from fruits to Christmas lights and other retail products. Sana huwag nating kalimutan ang ating mga kababayang Pinoy na lumilikha ng sarili nating produkto na may kalidad. Kung bibili rin naman tayo ng pang noche buena o panregalo, bilhin na natin ang gawang Pinoy,” said Casiño.

He likewise called on returning OFWs to shun duty free shops and avoid the hassle of transporting boxes of imported goods. “Ipakita natin sa ating mga kamag-anak at kaibigan na ang tunay na balikbayan ay yung bumabalik sa pagtangkilik ng produktong Pilipino. Mas maganda kung ang ating mga pasalubong, bagamat nagmula sa perang dayuhan, ay gawang Pinoy, pusong Pinoy.”

“By building industries and buying Filipino products we can create more jobs with a daily living wage of at least P993 in Metro Manila, that’s why I’m pushing for programs to support and protect the farmers, micro, small and medium enterprises and industrialize the country,” he said.

Casiño is the author of House Bill 5573 declaring November as the “Buy Pinoy, Build Pinoy Month.”

“We set November as the Buy Pinoy, Build Pinoy Month in preparation for the yuletide season. The campaign will be on the minds of the consumers, just in time for Christmas shopping,” Casiño ended.

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