DTI AgNor awards Bagwis Seal of Excellence
By Nora L. Molde
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 5 (PIA) – The Provincial Office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Norte awards the Bagwis Seal of Excellence for Consumers for the year 2014 and 2015 to select business establishments in the city and the province of Agusan del Norte.
The awarding was held during the culmination activity of this year’s Consumer Welfare Month celebration in one of the malls here.
According to DTI Agusan del Norte provincial director Gay A. Tidalgo, the award was given to establishments in recognition of their commitments to consumer welfare, responsible business practices and social responsibility.
The Bagwis Award also known as the Certified Establishment Program of DTI aims to recognize business establishments that upholds the rights of consumers and practice responsible business through substantial compliance of Fair Trade Laws and setting up of a Consumer Welfare Desk (CWD) which provide information to consumers and a mechanism for speedy resolution of consumer complaints, Tidalgo added.
For the year 2014, DTI awarded Bronze award to the three business establishments of the province, namely: VROSS Meat Shoppe, Ochoa Avenue and Arujville, Libertad branches and Orlyns Department Store and General Merchandise and one Silver award to Princity Inc, in Cabadbaran City.
This year, another Bronze award was awarded to Greater RJ Appliance and Trading Corporation and PMDC Enterprises – Cabadbaran City branch.
As of November 2, 2015, a total of 53 business establishments in the city and Agusan del Norte had already been awarded with the Bagwis Seal of Excellence since its 2009. (NCLM, PIA-Agusan del Norte)
AgNor Solon, DepEd to hold 8th CPDC
By Remelie V. Cedro
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 5 (PIA) – The Office of Representative Lawrence Lemuel Fortun of the First District of Agusan del Norte (Butuan City and Las Nieves) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) will hold its 8th Caraga Parliamentary Debate Championship: Law Fortun Cup (8th CPDC: LFC) on November 13-15, 2015.
The activity is the region’s largest gathering of high school and college students to discourse on contemporary issues affecting the locality, country and the global community and will focus on the issues knitted with good governance, sustainability, and resilience.
The venue of this year’s activity is at Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT), this city. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
SurSur reinstated BIR chief to “open cases” to resuscitate dull tax collection
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 5 (PIA) – As last ditch effort, the Revenue District Office 106 (RDO 106) of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Surigao del Sur has planned to “open cases” of taxpayers in order to recover from dull period of tax collection for the rest of calendar year 2015.
Amanoding Ismail, reinstated revenue district officer (RDO), admitted it had been more than two years of getting shortfall in tax collection here, pointing out, however, that revenue collection as compared to the same period of last year had always been remarkable.
“Starting this week, except private and state employees, letters would be sent out to various taxpayers who are engaged in business—may they be corporations or individuals—asking them to settle their obligation,” he stressed.
“This is also one way of informing the taxpaying public of my comeback,” the BIR provincial chief added.
Ismail said that his office would get to refer from the listings provided by the Revenue Data Center in Davao City in opening cases over tax obligations starting from Income Tax Returns (ITR) of 2010 or similar ones until the present.
“There are about 168,000 various tax returns,” he said, adding that its about 90 percent accurate.
Meanwhile, BIR Revenue District Office 106 (RDO 106) under Monib Dimakuta, who was relieved of his post recently, earlier admitted that failure to hit the monthly collection goal here had always been the case since the start of 2015.
On the other hand, the former RDO said they had always exceeded the tax collection for the same period of last year.
For 2015, the BIR here is aiming to hit a tax goal of P745,763,000. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
DepEd Butuan tops regl consumer quiz bowl
By Remelie V. Cedro
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 5 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division has won this year’s Regional Consumer Quiz Bowl.
Spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga Region, the activity is part of the celebration of this year’s Consumer Month with the theme “Consumer Protection in the ASEAN Economic Community.”
It was participated by all first place winners from all Schools Divisions Consumer Quiz Bowl in the region.
Anessa Tiburon from Agusan National High School under the Butuan City Division bagged the first prize, the second place went to Princess Orchids Lumpas from Jagupit National High School under the Agusan del Norte Division. The third place went to Opie Mae Angelie Encabo from Danipas National High School under the Bislig City Division.
All winners received cash prizes, medals, certificates, plaques and some giveaways from the sponsors. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
DOST XIII calls for 2015 inventions contest, exhibit entries
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 5 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga encourages local researchers, inventors, and innovators from the academe, public and private organizations, and all other individuals able to devise new science and technology outcomes to join the 2015 Regional Inventions Contest and Exhibit (RICE). The activity will be held in the city on November 24-26, 2015.
In line with its continuous efforts in maximizing the capability and productivity of local inventors/innovators, the 2015 RICE aims to expose new technological advancements formulated and developed by local researchers, useful in the development of communities in the region. This will also promote the commercialization of inventions and technologies.
Winners for this regional activity will serve as finalists who will vie for the major awards to the national invention contest in July 2016.
Categories of the said activity include: Outstanding Invention (TUKLAS Award); Outstanding Utility Model; Outstanding Industrial Design; Outstanding Creative Research; Outstanding Student Creative Research for College (SIBOL Award); and Outstanding Student Creative Research for High School (SIBOL Award).
Interested participants can download entry forms, rules, and criteria at http://www.tapi.dost.gov.ph or contact DOST Caraga office at Tel. No. (085) 341-9551 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline of submission of entries will be on November 13, 2015. (DOST-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)