DTI Region 1 tops nationwide Bagwis Awards

SAN FERNANDO CITY- With 762 recognized consumer-friendly biz, DTI Region 1 ranked 1st in terms of having the most number of DTI Certified-Establishments (CE) nationwide.

Now on its 10th year, the DTI-CE program or also known as the “Bagwis” aims to give due recognition to establishments that uphold the rights of consumers, practice responsible business and assures that consumers get the best value for their money.

The program also encourages the setting up of a sustainable Consumer Welfare Desk (CWD) or a DTI-recognized customer service counter that provides information to consumers and serves as a mechanism for speedy resolution of consumer complaints.

Continuing its efforts in empowering consumers and upholding the practice of good, honest and responsible business, DTI Region 1  awarded anew 224 DTI-Certified Establishments (CE) with “Bagwis” Seal of Excellence Awards in the region for 2016: Pangasinan-129, La Union-42; Ilocos Sur-20; and Ilocos Norte-33.

The awards were given during the Consumer Welfare Month Celebration of the respective Provincial Offices. Awards were categorized into gold, silver and bronze.

The “Bagwis” Seal of Excellence represents the business establishments’ utmost support to empower consumers. “Bagwis”,  a Filipino term for wings or feather, symbolizes the commitment to nurture, guide and protect consumers as well as the readiness to fly in open and competitive market and provide higher quality service.

Celebrated every October, Consumer Welfare Month is based on Proclamation No. 1098 of 1997. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is the agency chosen by the National Consumers Affairs Council (NCAC) to lead this year’s celebration with the theme- “Consumer Protection: A Shared Responsibility”.

Consumer Forums participated in by consumer groups were conducted  with focus on the  eight basic consumer rights: right to basic needs; safety; information; choose representation; redress; consumer education; healthy environment.

“It is our mandate to empower and enhance the level of awareness of the consumers. We need to be vigilant, you (consumers) have the right to be protected but you also have the responsibility to help us, know your rights.” Director Florante O. Leal of DTI Region 1 said. # (With report from Joyce Segui, IO)