The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the economy of many countries, both developed and developing. And the Philippines is no exception—the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 0.2% for the first quarter, the first time in 22 years. Which is why the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is ramping up its “Buy Local, Go Lokal” campaign to help the country’s economy gradually recover from the effects of the pandemic.
The “Buy Local, Go Lokal” campaign’s goal is to encourage consumers to purchase from local and small businesses and establish confidence in these brands. “Tangkilikin natin ang locally produced products. If we patronize locally produced products, ang nabubuhay po diyan ay ‘yung mga companies na may local employment,” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez in a Laging Handa press briefing. “In other words, pag bumili sila ng local ang nake-create na trabaho ay para sa ating mga kababayan.”
And to help with the campaign, we’re listing five local brands where you can shop for your needs and help small businesses and their employees along the way! (Read: A Millennial’s Tip on How to Start an Online Business Amid Pandemic)
Ritual is a general store and cafe that sells locally-produced items that are generally eco-conscious and organic. They also have refilling stations where you can refill items to reduce waste. Almost all products are purchased straight from the source. You may check their Facebook page for more info.
Balay ni Atong
This shop prides itself in promoting the Ilocano inabel. Balay ni Atong makes use of inabel and makes it into different works of art made by artisans. They are also working together with the Study Center for Traditional Hand-woven Textiles of the Ilocos Region. Drop by their website for more info.
C and C
C and C, which stands for “creative and committed,” is a brand that mainly produces hand-woven and -sewn wicker planters. All their beautiful pieces are locally made and aim to “weave local craftsmanship into every home.” Check out their website and Instagram for their products.
If you’re a shoe lover, then this local brand is perfect for you. Rippletwyne sells handmade footwear that incorporates hand-loomed weaves or habi into each shoe. They want to mix modern with the traditional Filipino art form and put it into items that younger generation will use. Take a peek at their collections on their website and Facebook page.
Hacienda Crafts produces different homewares made of indigenous materials from Negros, such as buri. All the materials used are locally sourced and all products are hand-woven and -made by seasoned craftsmen. You may check their website and Instagram for their beautiful pieces.