THE City Government of Bacolod was recognized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government for excellence in administrative governance.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia received the award for Bacolod City as first runner-up in the “Excellence in Administrative Governance” category at the awarding ceremony of the DILG 2018 Regional Seach for Excellence in Local Governance (Excell), dubbed “Pagdayaw,” held at Diversion 21 Hotel in Iloilo City.
Joining the mayor in receiving the award were Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, City Administrator John Orola, City Planning and Development Office head Mary Jean Ramos, Business Permit and Licensing Division head Stela Rose Rayos, and Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer-designate Jonah Javier.
Leonardia thanked the DILG for the award. “Together with the many awards we received recently, this DILG award will serve as an inspiration for us to do better,” the mayor said.
The Excell Awards 2018 was an annual activity of DILG to recognize the commendable performance of the local government units (LGUs) for excellence in local governance.
The activity also recognizes the best-managed LGUs in Western Visayas showcasing their achievements in Administrative Governance, Social Governance, Economic Governance, Environmental Governance, and Local Legislation.
In November, Bacolod was recognized as the Most Competitive City in Western Visayas by the Regional Development Council.
In August, Bacolod was also awarded No. 8 Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines, and No. 3 Most Improved Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines in the 6th Competitive Summit and Awards of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).
In October, Bacolod received a Special Citation for the Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit (LGU) Awards under the City Level 1 category by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
This year, Bacolod was the first runner-up in the Search for Top Philippine Model City award. It was the champion in the same search in 2017. (PR)