Saturday, November 18, 2017

LGU-Iligan Receives Citation for Its Reinforced Bagwis Program

(Monday, 30th day of October 2017)

 

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Iligan has received a citation from the Department of Trade and Industry for its Reinforced Bagwis Program.

Attorney Rafael A. Benedictos Jr., the Chief of Staff of the City Mayor’s Office in Iligan, personally accepted the recognition from DTI-10 Regional Director Linda O. Boniao during the Bagwis Awarding Ceremony on 27 October 2017 at the Palladium Ballroom, Mallberry Suites Business Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.

The Reinforced Bagwis Program comes after the Sangguniang Panlungsod or the City Council of Iligan adopted and approved City Ordinance No. 17-6629, “An Ordinance Strengthening the Department of Trade and Industry’s Bagwis Program by Providing Incentives, Both Fiscal and Non-fiscal Inducements, to Establishments which Duly Qualify Them as Bagwis Awardees, and Prescribing the Parameters / Criteria as Standard in the Conduct of Business”.

In fortifying DTI’s Bagwis Program, Ordinance No. 17-6629 will be providing incentives both fiscal and  non-fiscal  inducements  to  the  qualified  and  deserving  establishments  which include granting  of  Php10,00 to  Php30,000  discounts  based  on gross  receipt/sales  for business tax as assessed by the Iligan City Treasurer’s office while non-fiscal inducements refer to the provision of express/special lane for the renewal of business permit application, recognition as priority supplier for government purchases, and inclusion in the promotion for the buying public to patronize, i.e. posting of Bagwis Awardees at the Iligan City Government websites.

Close to fifty business establishments in the City of Iligan are expected to benefit from this monumental legislation which is believed to be the first in the country.

Recognized by the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Committee on Consumer protection, the DTI’s Bagwis is a national program in which recognition are given to establishments for upholding rights of consumers, practice responsible business where consumers get the best value for their hard-earned money, and function with the highest level of business ethics through voluntary self-regulation and service excellence.

Formerly known as DTI Seal of Excellence, the granting of Bagwis Awards to supermarkets, department/specialty stores, appliance centres, hardware and grocery stores, and service- repair shops have started in 2006 in three categories – bronze, silver and gold awards.

 

– –  ANGELO A. DEVERO / STIDS

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