Pampanga towns, city among country’s best

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Monday, April 21, 2014


CLARK FREEPORT -- Three local government units (LGUs) in Pampanga have been recognized as among the country's best in terms of competitiveness.

In Monday's Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation, Inc. (CLGCFI) recognition of the Most Outstanding LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor's Permit at the Fontana Convention Center in this Freeport, the City of San Fernando and the municipalities of Guagua and Mexico were noted to be in the country’s “honor roll.”

The City of San Fernando ranked third of the 122 participating cities in the Top 10 Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines in 2013, while another Central Luzon city -- Olongapo -- landed on the 8th spot.

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Out of 163 participating municipalities nationwide, the local government unit of Guagua ranked second, with the Municipality of Mexico not far behind at 7th place in the Top 10 Most Competitive Municipalities in the Philippines. The local government unit of Guimba in Nueva Ecija is 6th on the roster.

Aurora province's top three are Baler, San Luis and Maria Aurora.

CLGCFI president and Tarlac Governor Victor Yap said the recognition highlights the important role of LGUs in growth and development, which translates into an investor-friendly environment.

Yap said that the cooperation and support of the 130 LGUs of Central Luzon towards the streamlined process in issuing mayor's permits "proves that the region is geared further towards business prowess."

Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona, for her part, disclosed that 46 LGUs in the region now have the automated Business Process Licensing System. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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