The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented a certificate of special recognition to the City Government of Bacolod for being a finalist in the 2017 Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) Awards.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia received the award after the final judging, where he did a presentation on Bacolod's accomplishments and initiatives in the five award criteria, at the PCCI Headquarters in Manila yesterday.
Bacolod City competed in the Level 1- Highly Urbanized Cities category. The other 14 finalists are the cities of Iloilo, Mandaluyong, Quezon, Parañaque, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Davao, Pasig, Lapu-Lapu, Olongapo, Makati, Muntinlupa, General Santos, and Caloocan.
The citation of the certificate of special recognition states that the finalists “exemplify commendable initiatives towards good governance reforms that promote trade and investments, and significantly contribute to local economic development.”
The "Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) Awards" is an annual search spearheaded by the PCCI.
The five criteria are: (1) Trade, Investments, and Tourism Promotions; (2) Public-Private Sector Partnership; (3) MSME Development; (4) Quality Management System, Innovations, and Human Resource Development; and (5) Quality Customer Service.
Leonardia presented Bacolod's accomplishments and initiatives before a panel of judges composed of Jose Alejandro as chairman, and members Allan Gepty, commissioner of Tariff Commission; Vivian Suansing, assistant director of DILG-Bureau of Local Government Supervision; Joel Valera, regional director of DTI- MIMAROPA; Richard Albert Osmond, president and chief operating officer of Science Park of the Philippines; Sergio Ortiz-Luis, president and chief operating officer of PhilExport; Edwin Glindo, assistant secretary general of PCCI; and Aurma Manlangit, program director of the Ateneo School of Government.
QUESTION AND ANSWER
City Administrator John Orola, who was part of the Bacolod team at the final judging, said that after the presentation, Leonardia also faced the panel of judges in a “question and answer” session, and his part was one of the longest interviews among all competing LGUs.
“The judges were impressed by Mayor Bing's enumeration of the city's accomplishments, to include the increase in the city's revenues, livelihood projects, and registered business establishments compared to the previous years'," Orola added.
"Most important of all is the confidence of the business sector in the mayor's governance of the city which caused the increase of registered business establishments," he added.
In 2007, also during the administration of Leonardia, the PCCI had chosen Bacolod, as the “Most Business-Friendly City” in the country.
The award was presented to Leonardia by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the 33rd Philippine Business Conference and Expo of PCCI held at the Manila Hotel.
Before that, Bacolod was named the “Most Business-Friendly City” for the Visayas. It was also a finalist a number of times during Leonardia's incumbency.*
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