The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Davao Region has conferred a total of 22 new business establishments with the Bagwis Award in the second semester of 2016.

The Bagwis Award is given to establishments that strictly adhere to various consumer laws, maintain a consumer welfare desk (CWD) and provide quality customer care.

“DTI has continued its efforts to campaign for more establishments to be accredited in this program and many have shown interest to apply as this foster balance between engaging good business practices and ensuring the welfare of consumers,” DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda A. Ambi said.

Of the 22 establishments, 15 were bronze awardees namely: NCCC Supermarket – LTS Supermarket, Inc. (IGaCos, Davao del Norte), Tagum Commercial and Realty Corporation (Tagum City, Davao del Norte), Gaisano Center Tagum – Supermarket (Tagum City, Davao del Norte), Choice Mart by NCCC – LTS Supermarket, Inc. (Tagum City, Davao del Norte), ER Superstore, Inc. (Baganga, Davao Oriental), Rods Marketing (Cateel, Davao Oriental), Buena Central (Mati City, Davao Oriental), Oreal Paint and Hardware (Digos City, Davao del Sur), MCM Villamor Marketing Corporation (Digos City, Davao del Sur), Digos Newton Marketing (Digos City, Davao del Sur), Davao Central Convenience Store – Purok 1 (Nabunturan, Compostela Valley), Davao Central Convenience Store – Purok 9 (Nabunturan, Compostela Valley), Davao Central Convenience Store – Purok 7 (Nabunturan, Compostela Valley), BMP Surebuild Hardware, Inc. (Nabunturan, Compostela Valley) and O2 Builders – Mawab (Mawab, Compostela Valley).

Meanwhile, the silver awards were given to the following: Puregold Price Club, Inc. – Magugpo Central (Tagum, Davao del Norte), Citihardware Gensan, Inc. (Digos City, Davao del Sur), Full House Hardware – Vinzon (Digos City, Davao del Sur), Full House Hardware – Aurora (Digos City, Davao del Sur), Puregold Price Club, Inc. – Digos City (Digos City, Davao del Sur), NCCC LTS Department Store, Inc. – Nabunturan (Nabunturan, Compostela Valley), Puregold Price Club, Inc. – Davao City (Davao City).

Formerly known as the DTI-Certified Establishment Program, the Bagwis Program aims to give due recognition to establishments that uphold the rights of consumers and practice responsible business where consumers get best value for money.

The award is classified into bronze, silver and gold. For the bronze seal, establishments must comply with Fair Trade Laws (FTLs) such as the Consumer Act, Price Act, Price Tag and installation of CWDs.

The silver seal, on the other hand, involves additional criteria to meet such as compliance with social responsibilities that include sound purchasing policy, good working relationship with the government by participating in the national or local government programs such as price stabilization and livelihood programs.

For the gold seal, establishments must meet the additional requirement of ISO 9001/Quality Management System (QMS) compliance.

The Bagwis Award covers business establishments under the following categories: supermarkets, department stores, appliance centers and DTI accredited service and repair shops.

For more information, interested applicants may visit the nearest DTI Provincial Office in Davao Region or contact DTI Regional Office at (082) 2240511 local 417 or 420.