The City of Bacolod was declared the “Most Improved Highly Urbanized City (HUC)” in Region 6 for 2020 by the Department of Trade and Industry.
The award was given to Bacolod City during the 4th Regional Competitiveness Council Recognition Ceremony for Competitive Local Government Units in Iloilo City on Dec. 29.
Aside from this major award, Bacolod City also topped two of the four pillars of the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index. These are Infrastructure and Resiliency. The other two pillars are Economic Dynamism and Government Efficiency.
Accepting the awards for Bacolod were Local Investment Board executive director George Zulueta, who represented the mayor, and executive assistant Dr. Emiliano Sama.
Annually, the DTI-6 gives recognition to outstanding LGUs in the region that excel in the CMCI. LGUs are awarded in the following classifications: 5th to 6th Class Municipalities, 3rd to 4th Class Municipalities, 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, Component Cities, and Highly Urbanized Cities.
In December, the National Competitiveness Council came out with its Top 20 Most Competitive HUCs list, where Bacolod ranked 11th, besting Iloilo City and Cebu City, that placed 12th and 13th, respectively.
The Top 20 list was led by the cities of Manila, Davao, and Pasay.
Based on this list, Bacolod is now considered the “Most Competitive City in the Visayas”.
“This is a big morale booster for the fact that we continue to rank among the most competitive cities of the country despite the serious crisis we went through in the fight against COVID-19,” Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.
“This gives us valid reasons to be optimistic. When this crisis is over, we can surely put Bacolod back on track, and continue the rapid growth we were enjoying before the pandemic upset the economy,” the mayor added.
In the NCC national ranking for Infrastructure, Bacolod went up from the 11th spot in 2019 to the 9th spot in 2020. For Resiliency, Bacolod moved up three places from ranking 13th in 2019 to 10th in 2020.
Bacolod, meanwhile, ranked 13th in both Economic Dynamism and Government Efficiency. It may also be recalled that last year, the Department of Interior and Local Government proclaimed Bacolod as “The Best Performing LGU – City Level” in Western Visayas.*