Dilag: 20th spot in NCC ranking an eye opener

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


LORNEY Lyzander Dilag, spokesperson of Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, said the dropping of the city’s ranking to the 20th spot is an eye opener for Bacolod to break new grounds for the future.

From being among the top five in 2012, Bacolod went down to number 20 with an overall score of only 38.58.

“It is not a race, but a matter of consistency. The best is yet to come for the City of Bacolod,” he said.

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Dilag added that Bacolod, under a new administration, is still gaining ground in terms of relaying to its constituents “bureaucratic efficiency and economic dynamism.”

He said the Puentevella administration cannot be held responsible for the non-inclusion of Bacolod among the top 10 most competitive cities in the Philippines.

“In other words, we cannot be held responsible, but we have to move on,” he added.

Dilag said that since Puentevella assumed office in the past year, Bacolod saw a number of notable changes, including the influx of tourists and increase in tax collection.

The index released by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) was conducted between December 2013 and April 2014 and since Puentevella assumed office only on July 2013, the NCC had just nine months to evaluate the city, he said.

Dilag said the basis of the NCC for the evaluation and assessment was based on data covering the year 2013.

Dilag said that even the NCC director agreed that the incompleteness of the data made them conclude that the index of the rating is still in its infancy stage.

Bacolod City Rep. Evelio Leonardia said this is the worst rating Bacolod ever got.

“This number 20 rating comes from competent professionals who are scientific, objective, and non-political. It is a reality we have to face. No amount of political alibi is acceptable,” he added. (With reports from CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 12, 2014.

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