DTI confers 36 Seals of Excellence to business establishments

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Dec. 9, (PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has conferred seal of excellence to 36 business establishments which were adjudged as qualifiers of the 2013 Bagwis Awards during the 5th Cagayan Valley Consumer Assembly held here.

Thirty-one (31) business establishments were given bronze seals, five were recipients of silver while gold awardees are yet to be conferred next week.

Bagwis Award gives due recognition to business establishments that uphold the rights of consumers and practice responsible business, where consumers indeed get best value for money.

Regional Director Atty. Ma. Esperanza C. Banarez said the program aims to promote and foster the highest level of business ethics and uphold a fair and honest marketplace through voluntary self-regulation and service excellence.

“The program also aims to promote the setting up of a sustainable Consumer welfare Desk or a DTI-recognized costumer service counter that will provide information to consumers and serve as a mechanism for speedy resolution of consumer complaints,” Banarez stated.

She explained that there are three levels of the award wherein bronze recipients should comply with fair trade laws, have available consumer welfare desk, and a clean and orderly workplace; silver recipients should achieve all the bronze requirements and with social responsibility programs and projects; while gold recipients which is the highest level, should achieve all the silver requirements and their services are aligned to ISO 9001.

Banares said the bronze and silver awardees are evaluated through the regional certification committee while the nominees for gold are forwarded to national certification committee.

“The national committee will meet next week to deliberate on the gold recipients to look into their compliance to the criteria set forth to the highest level of the award. We will wait if there will be awardees from our region,” Banarez stated.

Among the bronze awardees, majority were from Quirino province with 13 recipients, ten in Cagayan, seven in Isabela and one in Nueva Vizcaya. For silver awardees, two were from Cagayan, two in Nueva Vizcaya and one from Isabela.

Banares believe that through the award system of the department, the business sector is encouraged to continue their efforts to exemplify ethical business practices and upholding the rights of consumers. (OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)

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RDC monitors 20 major development projects in Cagayan Valley

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Dec. 2 (PIA)--Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 2 has monitored 20 major development programs and projects established in different parts of the region wherein 18 were funded by national government and two foreign funded.

In the report released by the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) of the council, the two foreign assisted projects include the agrarian reform support project undertaken by the Department Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the coastal resources management project by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The nationally-funded projects include hospital upgrading, road rehabilitation, airport development, irrigation, farm-to-market roads, tree planting, livelihood and anti-poverty projects.

NEDA Regional Director Maryanne Darauay, acting RDC chair, said two of the projects reported were already completed to include the 35 school buildings located in different parts of the region which were constructed through a joint project of the education and public work and highways departments.

“The completion of the school buildings with 65 classrooms is just timely for the K to 12 program of the Department of Education wherein more school buildings are needed to provided conducive learning areas to the learners,” Darauay stressed. 

On the other hand, the road widening and improvement of Dugo, San Vicente, Gonzaga road of Cagayan province was already completed amounted. 

Tourism director Blessida G. Diwa also stated that the road network is part of the convergence project DPWH and DOT for the tourism access roads leading to the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) and to the pristine beaches of Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

The other programs and projects, based on the report, are continuing to include the National Greening Program, Pantawid Pamilya, Social Pension program, Self-Employment Assistance, Integrated Livelihood Enhancement Program, DENR Patent Issuance Program, Integrated Coastal resources Management Project, Agrarian Infrastructure Support project, Basic Education Facilities Program, Farm-to-Market Roads, Lallo International Airport, Hospital Upgrading Projects, road development projects and others. (OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)

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CODAC urges LGUs to appoint Information Officers in their offices

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan - - The Committee on Development Administration and Communication (CODAC) has pushed for the creation of a regular office of Information Officers (IOs) on all local government units Friday afternoon during its regular business meeting. Add a comment

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Delfin Albano CeC conducts digital literacy to LGU female emloyees

DELFIN ALBANO, Isabela - - After gaining support and assistance from the Information and Communication Technology Office through the National Computer Center under the Department of Science and Technology with the collaboration of Philippine Community eCenter Program, the municipality of Delfin Albano, Isabela conducts Digital Literacy to Local Government Unit female employees.

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NEDA Region 2 sustains ISO certification

CAGAYAN - The first Surveillance Audit of the National Economic and Development Authority Region 02’s Quality Management System (QMS) ISO 9001:2008 certification was held this November 18 and 19, where the Certification International Philippines (CIP) external editor concluded “no non-conformities”.

According to Mr. Renato Julian M. David, the lead auditor of this Audit, the NRO 2’s QMS performed well in which most of the targets were achieved beyond  what had been set, the quality objectives and targets were consistently monitored, the results of internal audit were documented, and any deviations from planned results were effectively addressed. 

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