On August 5, 2015, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Isabela Provincial Office headed by Mr. Clifford R. Gregorio awarded the Bagwis Gold Seal to two (2) Savemore Markets in Ilagan City, Isabela, the Savemore Ilagan 1 Branch and the Savemore Ilagan 2 Branch located at the Northstar Mall in Barangay Alibagu and in Barangay Baligatan, respectively.

The awarding ceremony was conducted at the Northstar Mall , Ilagan City, Isabela.

The awardees are two (2) of the one hundred twenty nine (129) stores owned and operated by Sanford Marketing Corporation, an affiliate of SM Retail. The Savemore Market is a small format supermarket located outside SM Mall that aims to bring the SM shopping experience closer to where shoppers live and work. Its stores complement the regular SM Supermarket as it caters to shoppers’ last minute purchases and their day-to-day budget.

In her acceptance speech, Sanford Marketing AVP Ms Cherry T. Concepcion expressed their gratitude to DTI for recognizing their efforts and dedication to service. She emphasized, that they will “consistently give everyone who steps through SM’s doors, a world-class shopping experience that is always ethical, economical, and fair.”

The DTI Bagwis Program (formerly known as the DTI Certified Establishments Program) aims to give due recognition to establishments that uphold the rights of consumers and practice responsible business operations.

The Bagwis Gold Seal is the highest of the three levels of awards of the Program. To qualify for this award, an applicant business establishment must obtain the highest rating on the following criteria: Compliance to Fair Trade Laws, Customer Relations, Store Management/ Operations, Socially Committed and Responsible Business Sector, and must be an ISO 9001 Compliant.