Bacolod must compete again
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
The National Competitive Council has announced that Quezon City has been judged as the this year's “most competitive city”, besting Manila that was last year's topnotcher, as well as Makati that had also been on the top twice in previous years. In the selection of the most competitive city, the NCC said the criteria for it calls for one “where economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure are at its best”.
For 2016, Makati was chosen as second best investment destination in 2016. Manila, topnotcher last year, fell to third place this time. But perhaps these three could be expected to grab those top spots, considering their locations and sizes.
But do Bacolod residents still remember that in 2010 their city had been ranked the country's SECOND most competitive city? What a distinction that was for the incumbent officials then, and for the people, who knew what other cities were contending for the honor. It was not only once, but twice when Bacolod had landed in high ranks as it had also been adjudged as Number One in “responsiveness and efficiency”. What an honor it would have been if the immediate past administration had worked harder to maintain such recognitions.
Unfortunately, the last three years were not only exactly the best years for the city. Not only did it fail to land any major awards for governance, it fell to a shameful 72 nd place among the country's most competitive!
On the other hand, these years also saw a lot of scandalous happenings with the name of the city tainted by so many cases involving graft, corruption and malversation, even leading to a historical first with the suspension of its top executive.
There is, therefore, the big challenge to the present set of officers of Bacolod to work and regain the honors it had earned in the past. With the massive support they received from the electorate who had been hoping for change and clean governance, they are duty bound to recover and regain all records that had been lost.*