To ensure that consumers enjoy the best value for their money, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 02 has intensified its monitoring and enforcement of Trade and Industry Laws (TILs).

On May 22-23, 2018, the DTI R02 Regional Enforcement Team visited supermarkets and grocery stores, service and repair shops, hardware stores and specialty stores in Tuguegarao City and the municipality of Baggao in the  province Cagayan to check their compliance to Fair Trade Laws like Price Tag Law, Labelling Law, Product Standards Law and Accreditation Law, among others.

Of the thirty nine (39) business establishments monitored, three (3) were issued Notice of Violation: two (2) were service and repair shops operating without a valid accreditation with DTI - a violation of PD 1572; and one (1) was in connection with selling, conveying and/or distributing products without the required markings/label, a violation of RA 4109 or the Product Standards Law.

Owners of violating firms were advised to appear for formal investigation/hearing at the DTI-Cagayan Provincial Office with the Provincial Director, Engr. Bernardino G. Mabborang who is the Hearing Officer. Penalties will be imposed and collected from the business establishments found violatingany of the TILs after the issuance of a formal charge and due hearing.

Meanwhile, the DTI – Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Team conducted a separate monitoring of compliance to TILs of establishments in their area with Bagwis Seal. Aside from checking sustained compliance of the establishments to Fair Trade Laws the monitoring was also aimed to determine sustainability of the Bagwis awardees’ commitment to serve the community through the settlement and speedy resolution of consumer complaints in their respective welfare desks.

The Bagwis seal award is given to establishments that strictly adhere to various trade and industry laws, provide quality customer care to clients and maintain a DTI recognized consumer welfare desk (CWD) or customer service counter.