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.

Mayor Marcy recently forged a sister city agreement with Davao and he pointed out that Davao can be the gateway to reach and to increase the presence of Marikina’s leather goods in the entire region of Mindanao.

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.

“Dati ang pagawaan ng sapatos pwede lang mag-operate sa industrial zone. Hindi pwede sa highly residential zone. Pero dahil ang shoe industry ay considered as the wealth of the city at kilala tayo as the Shoe capital of the Philippines, minabuti natin na sa bawat sulok ng Marikina, pwede kang mag-establish by law or by ordinance pwede kang mag-establish ng shoe manufacturing business,” said Councilor Donn.

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.

“Kaya ginagawa iyan bilang pagsuporta ng punong lungsod sa industriya sapagkat iyong industriya ng sapatos ay pamana ng lahi. Kaya dapat i-preserve natin iyan kasi iyan ang number one livelihood dito sa Marikina,” said Councilor Mario.

“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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