Bacolod hailed as one of 3 business-friendly cities

MAYOR Evelio Leonardia receives a plaque of Special Citation for Bacolod City as one of the Top 3 awardees in the Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) Award during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference and Expo of PCCI at The Manila Hotel on Oct 18, 2017. Presenting the award are (from left) conference chairman Jose Leviste Jr., PCCI president George Barcelona, awards committee chairman Samie Lim, and PCCI past president Donald Dee. (MBCCI photo)

BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia received on Oct 18, 2017 a plaque of Special Citation for Bacolod City as one of the Top 3 in the Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) Award, an annual search spearheaded by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

Bacolod is the “only Highly Urbanized City (HUC) outside of Metro Manila” to belong to the Top 3, according to awards committee chair Samie Lim.

Leonardia received the award at the opening ceremonies of the 43rd Philippine Business Conference and Expo of PCCI at The Manila Hotel.

Presenting the trophy to the mayor were PCCI president George Barcelona, conference chairman Jose Leviste Jr., awards committee chairman Samie Lim and former PCCI president Donald Dee.

Accompanying Leonardia were City Planning and Development Office head Mary Jean Ramos and City Development Council vice chairman George Zulueta.

Meanwhile, the awarding ceremony for the Most Business-Friendly LGU will be held today, Oct 19, also at The Manila Hotel with President Rodrigo Duterte as Guest of Honor.

Last week [Oct. 12], the PCCI also gave Bacolod City a special recognition for being one of the 15 finalists in the Level 1 HUC category.

Leonardia received the certificate of special recognition after the final judging, where he faced the panel of judges and did a presentation on Bacolod’s accomplishments and initiatives in trade, industry and business development at the PCCI Headquarters in Manila.

The other 14 finalists are the cities of Makati, Quezon, Parañaque, Caloocan, Davao, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Iloilo, Lapu-Lapu, Olongapo, Muntinlupa, General Santos, Tacloban and Zamboanga. (PIO)

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