Sapatos Festival to Spur Demand for Marikina Shoes and Other Leather Goods
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The City Government of Marikina is on hand to help the shoe and allied industries of Marikina to reach their full potential so that they can contribute more to the local economy and provide jobs to the Marikeños, said City Councilor Donn Favis.
The official cited initiatives by the local government to spur the industry including declaring the entire city as a shoe zone. The holding of the annual Sapatos Festival – highlighted by a shoe bazaar that showcases Marikina-made shoes, bags and other leather goods at affordable prices — is another way to promote the industry.
“Marikina supports our different industries. Lalo na ang mga maliliit na mga naghahanapbuhay (especially the small entrepreneurs),” said Councilor Donn.
He lauded Mayor Marcy Teodoro for backing up the development of the shoe industry that includes those who manufacture bags, wallets and other leather goods. Mayor Marcy plans to expand the market for Marikina-made leather goods by forging closer ties and sister city agreements here and abroad.
Councilor Donn said the City Government has recently approved a measure declaring the entire city of Marikina as a shoe zone, which means that shoe manufacturers and allied industries such as bag makers can put up shoemaking facilities anywhere in the city and not just on industrial zones.
The Sapatos Festival opened on November 12, 2018 and will run until January 6, 2019.
Meanwhile, Councilor Mario de Leon lauded the holding of the Sapatos Festival because it is another way to lift the shoes and bags industries in Marikina.
“Pag pinalakas ang industriya ng sapaatos, pinalalakas rin ang local economy para talagang makatulong sa mga tao na magkaroon ng empleyo and at the same time, pangkabuhayan,” Councilor Mario added.
Councilor Mario cited Mayor Marcy's efforts to help revitalize the shoe industry.
"Ang maganda ngayon, ang ating mayor, si Mayor marcy ay hindi nakakaligtaan ang pangangalaga sa industriya. Talagang hindi niya ito pinababayaan," Councilor Mario said.
(Photo credits: Noel Box of MASIDO (Marikina Shoe Development Office) and PIO)
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