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Bacolod biz friendly city finalist
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Bacolod City is 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), a press release from the city government said yesterday.

Mayor EvelioLeonardia has been invited to the PCCI final selection process to do a presentation on Bacolod's accomplishments and initiatives in the five award criteria, at the PCCI Headquarters in Manila today.

These five criteria are: Trade, Investments, and Tourism Promotions; Public-Private Sector Partnership; MSME Development; Quality Management System, Innovations, and Human Resource Development; and Quality Customer Service.

After the presentation, the mayor 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," a jubilant Leonardia said.

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 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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