ILIGAN CITY, Nov. 30 --The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), local government unit (LGU) of Iligan, accredited consumer organization and the private sector have started validating business establishments conferred with DTI's Bagwis Awards on 22 November 2019.
This is in preparation for the full implementation of City Ordinance No. 19-6845, or the Reinforced Bagwis Program of Iligan City.
To be implemented in 2020, the Reinforced Bagwis Program of Iligan City will provide fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to establishments which are compliant to fair trade and consumer-related laws, exemplify satisfactory customer relations, demonstrate remarkable store management, exhibit commitment to social responsibility, and showcase alignment to quality management system standards.
The fiscal incentive consisted of a discount on business tax payment which ranges from Php500.00 to Php25,000.00, depending on its computed annual business tax and on the level of Bagwis award - bronze, silver and gold, the establishment has received.
Non-fiscal inducements, on the other hand, include provision of express/special lane for the renewal of business permit application; recognition as priority supplier for government purchases; inclusion in the promotion for the buying public to patronize, i.e. posting of Bagwis Awardees at the Iligan City Government websites; and priority in the collection of garbage/waste.
In reference to the said ordinance, the Bagwis Evaluation Committee is chaired by the DTI Provincial Director.
The committee is primarily tasked to visit establishments with the Bagwis award and gather information through interview with key personnel, observation on the operation and verification of documents. The results of the on-site evaluation determine fulfillment of the established criteria mentioned above.
The DTI, LGU-Iligan (City Treasurer's Office, Permits and License Division, and Sangguniang Panlungsod), accredited consumer organization and the private sector comprised the Bagwis Evaluation Committee.
An increasing number of Bagwis awardees give the consuming public greater access to safe and quality goods and services, reasonable prices of commodities, consumer redress, and assurance of general welfare.
Moreover, the provision of additional incentives in compliance with fair trade laws brings about a paradigm shift from "enforcement with the threat of imposing a penalty" to "enforcement with the provision of incentives."
Recognized by the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection, the Bagwis Program aims to give due recognition to establishments that uphold the rights of consumers and practice responsible business where consumers get the best value for their hard-earned money.
Currently, there are 25 business establishments - grocery stores/supermarket, department stores, hardware stores, appliance centers, specialty stores, convenience stores, and service and repair shops in the city of Iligan bestowed with the Bagwis award.
And Iligan City is the first LGU in the entire country to adopt the DTI's Bagwis Program and strengthened it by granting fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to Bagwis awardees through a local ordinance. (Angelo A. Devero, STIDS/DTI Iligan/ PIA Iligan)