Bacolod finalist in nat’l business-friendly tilt

BACOLOD City – This city is once again a finalist in the “Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) Awards,” an annual search spearheaded by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia was invited to the PCCI final selection process to present the city’s accomplishments and initiatives in five award criteria at the PCCI Headquarters in Manila on Oct 12, 2017.

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.

After the presentation, Leonardia will face the panel of judges in a “question and answer” session.

Bacolod is competing in the Level 1- Highly Urbanized Cities category.

“Being a PCCI finalist is a feat in itself. Regardless of the outcome, we are already a winner. It is inspiring because it comes after a hiatus in the past years. It is also a revalidation after The Manila Times recognized us as the ‘Top Philippine Model City.’ We are back on track and back on top, indeed,” Leonardia said.

The PCCI had chosen Bacolod as the “Most Business-Friendly City” in the country in 2007.

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.

Prior to that, Bacolod was named as the “Most Business-Friendly City” for the Visayas. It was also a finalist a number of times during Leonardia’s incumbency.

PCCI said the annual search aims to commend LGUs that have become successful in creating an environment that is conducive to business.

This initiative is also aimed at complementing the efforts of the government to institutionalize standards in delivering quality services to the people as mandated by the Republic Act No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007.

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