Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia assured the Indian community in Bacolod of the city government's support, during the Grand Diwali Festival Ball at the SMX Convention Center last night.
Leonardia also assured the Indian community, knowing that many of them are in business, that they are doing their best to make the city as business-friendly as possible.
He said that upon his assumption as mayor, one of the first things he did was to issue an executive order to follow the Anti-Red Tape Act, which is supposed to make it easier for the people to do business in Bacolod.
“We have cut the process, as long as the papers are in order, into only three steps now. And apparently, that has bore some fruits,” Leonardia said.
He recalled that one of the highlights of his previous administration was that Bacolod was consistently being recognized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as one of the most business-friendly cities in the Philippines.
In fact, in 2008, Bacolod was voted by the PCCCI as the Most Business-friendly City in the Philippines, he added.
Leonardia said that after an absence of about three to four years, Bacolod was recently chosen among the finalists by the PCCCI for the Most Business-Friendly City in the Philippines. And not just a finalist but the city landed in the top three along with Quezon City and Muntinlupa City.
He said they received informed that they missed the title by only one vote. “For me that is good enough and that is good enough reassurance to all of you that we will be very business-friendly,” he added.
“This is what we would like to see in Bacolod. We would like us all to grow. Because as you grow the city will grow and as the city grows, we will all grow,” Leonardia said.
Meanwhile, three Bacoleños and other prominent Filipino-Indians were given recognition during Grand Diwali Festival Ball last night.
Businessman BenjaminLopue Jr., the late Dr. Hector Torre, and the late Ricardo B. Yanson were recognized for being accommodating to the Indian community,Diwali Festival coordinator HareshChuganisaid.
Others who were given recognition were businessman HareshNandwani; Prem Singh Rai, Sikh Temple secretary; Malkit Singh, president of Punjabi KhalsaDiwan, Davinder Singh; Mona Buxani, ShelpaAmardnani, NamrataChugani, the publisher of Namaste, among others.
Leonardia was also presented by the Indian community a token of appreciation from the Indian community for the success of the Diwali Festival, as well as Councilors EmAng, Sonya Verdeflor, Cindy Rojas, Wilson Gamboa Jr., Bart Orola, City Tourism Officer Ma. Elma Gerasmo, executive assistant Benjie Torre and the staff of the City Mayor's Office.
The 5 th Diwali Festival with the theme “Unity ion Diversity”will run until Sunday.
Today, the USLS Artians Dancers will do a Punjabi and Bollywood dance number, while the Barangay 18 MassKara Festival dancers and Electric MassKara dancers will perform at the Bacolod Public Plaza at 5 p.m.
A Bollywood film showing will be held at 8 p.m. on Sunday at Cinema 6 of Robinson's Place-Bacolod. *CGS
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