The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conferred the Bagwis Awards to 71 establishments in Central Visayas in 2018.
The Bagwis Seal of Excellence award is given to establishments in recognition of their efforts to uphold the rights and welfare of consumers and practice responsible business.
The Bagwis Seal helps consumers identify stores that offer quality goods at reasonable price and pleasing service, enabling them to make wise choices and get the best value for their money.
The DTI Bagwis Awards also encourages the setting up of Consumer Welfare Desks in business establishments to provide information to consumers and serve as a mechanism for the speedy resolution of consumer complaints, DTI-Central Visayas regional director Asteria Caberte said.
In Bohol, the awardees are:
In Cebu, the awardees are:
In Negros Oriental, the awardees are:
The awardees in Siquijor are:
Establishments with the bronze seal have complied with Fair Trade Laws (FTLs), among them the Consumer Act, Price Act, Price Tag and effective customer relations services and efficient store management operations.
Establishments with the silver seal have passed additional criteria, such as exemplification of social commitment and responsibility, for instance involvement in any regular corporate social responsibility programs.
Companies with the gold seal have passed additional criterion -- the establishment of quality orientation management.
Caberte said the Bagwis Award shall be valid for three years from date of conferment.
The award is automatically revalidated through the conduct of a re-assessment by the DTI that an awardee establishment is consistently complying with the Bagwis parameters within three consecutive years. (PR)