DAGUPAN CITY – Some 129 business establishments in Pangasinan were recently conferred with theBagwis Seal of Excellence awards by the Department of Trade and Industry as a recognition of their commitment to provide good products and services to consumers.
Regional Director Florante Leal of DTI said the activity aims to recognize business people who follow the rules and regulations of fair trade and at the same time promote the welfare of the consuming public.
“May mga criteria na sinusunod ang DTI at kapag Bagwis awardee ka, ibig sabihin, ikaw ay isang negosyante na dumaan sa isang masusing pagsusuri na hindi ka nandadaya at ang mga kagamitan mo ay maayos at wala kang nilalabag na batas tungkol sa pagnenegosyo ng maayos,” Leal said during the provincial awarding ceremony in Mangaldan town.
Leal said there are many businessmen who are abusive but there are still many who do not only think about what they can put in their pockets and coffers but also think about the welfare of the consumers.
He said DTI’s mandate is two-pronged. One is to help the businessmen earn better and the second is to look after the welfare of the consumers. The Bagwis awards multiply the people who help DTI ensure the mandate, he said.
This year alone, there are more than 700 awardees in the region placing Region I in the top three regions in the country with the most number of awardees, Leal said.
In Pangasinan, nine establishments were conferred with the Gold Bagwis Award. These are: Pandayan Bookshop branches in Malasiqui, Alaminos City and Bayambang; New Dagupan Metro Gas Corporation; National Bookstore branches at the Robinsons Place and CSI City Mall; Mhel Bhen Motors Corporation; and the two branches of Sanford Marketing Corporation- SaveMore
Silver Bagwis awardees accounts to 14 establishments which include: Excite Automobile-Mazda Dagupan; Smartsaver Trading Corporation, CJ Fernandez Enterprises-Lucao; Lucky Star Lumber Hardware and General Merchandise; Rafanan’s Trading; Haim Cars Corp.- Calasiao; Traders Autocenter- KIA Pangasinan; Home Ideas Superstore-Alaminos; and the Puregold Price Club branches in Alaminos City, Calasiao, Bonuan, Mayombo, Mangatarem, Villasis and Bayambang.
There are at least 104 bronze medalists for this year’s Bagwis awards.
Bronze awardee John Untalan, Sr. of the Untalan Machine works said “Malaking bagay ang Bagwis Award dahil maipapakita namin na tapat ang serbisyo namin sa publiko at ginagawan ng paraan na makapagserbisyo ng maayos.” (VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)