The City of Bacolod was recognized today by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the Most Business-Friendly City in the highly urbanized city category, outside of Metro Manila.
The award was received by Mayor Evelio Leonardia during the virtual awarding ceremony held today, November 18.
The awarding ceremony for the most business-friendly is usually held in October during the Philippine Business Conference and Expo, but it was moved to this month.
Leonardia in his acceptance speech said: “This is like a candle in the darkness”, citing the impact brought by the global pandemic to the overall business climate.
PCCI’s Awards Committee cited the Bacolod City government for its efforts to keep the local economy afloat despite the COVID-19 crisis and recognized the innovations and timely interventions made by the LGU in support to local businesses at the height of the health crisis, including the 24-hour vaccination drive for those in the Business Process Outsourcing sector and the service industry, as well as the mobile vaccination campaign that inoculated thousands of vendors in major public markets and public utility vehicle drivers, among others.
Bacolod was up against Baguio City, Angeles City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, General Santos City, Iloilo City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Olongapo City and Zamboanga City for the coveted PCCI award, which added another feather on the cap of the Leonardia administration, the PCCI said.
In the last 4 years, Bacolod has been a finalist of the prestigious award.