BAGUIO CITY, May 24(PIA) - -Tthe Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently held public consultation on the draft Department Administrative Order on the guidelines on the grant of Bagwis Award to business establishments that uphold consumers’ rights and interest, and practice business ethics.
Gerald C. Calderon of the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) informed that the draft guidelines aims to instill quality consciousness among consumers, promote a fair and honest market place through self-regulation, uphold product and service excellence and assure retail establishments’ compliance with consumer and trade laws and provide access to consumer redress.
He explained that the program is applicable to all business establishments nationwide which have been existent for one year and may fall on the following store categories: Category I-Supermarkets / Grocery Store; Category II-Department Stores; Category III - Specialty Stores; Category IV-Appliance Centers; Category V - Hardware Stores; Category VI-Convenience Stores; Category VII - Accredited Service and Repair Shops.
Atty. Samuel Gallardo, Consumer Protection Desk Chief of DTI Cordillera, informed that granting of Bagwis Award in the past is mandated by the issuance of a memorandum circular. DTI has now come up with the draft DAO in order to ensure the effective recognition on the granting of Bagwis Award.
Gallardo shared that the Bagwis Award is already on its 10th year anniversary last 2016. In the Cordillera Administrative Region, there are a total of 176 business establishments that were conferred the Bagwis Award composed of 43 gold , 56 silver and 77 bronze awardees.
The public consultation was participated in by DTI personnel, business sector representatives, women's organization, senior citizens, and consumer organizations in regions 1, 2 and CAR. (JDP/MAWC - PIA CAR)