Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Bacolod is 'Most Improved City' in Western Visayas

MOST IMPROVED HUC. Bacolod City Local Investment Board executive director George Zulueta (2nd from right), who represented Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and Executive Assistant Dr. Emiliano Sama (2nd from left) accept the award for Bacolod as the “Most Improved Highly Urbanized City in the Visayas for 2020” from DTI officials, namely (from left), assistant regional director Ermilinda Pollentes, provincial director Rachel Nufable, and regional director Rebecca Rascon, at the 4th Regional Competitiveness Council Recognition Ceremony for Competitive Local Government Units in Iloilo City on December 29. (Contributed photo)

THE City of Bacolod was declared the “Most Improved Highly Urbanized City (HUC)” in Region 6 (Western Visayas) for 2020 by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The award was given to Bacolod City during the 4th Regional Competitiveness Council (RCC) Recognition Ceremony for Competitive Local Government Units (LGUs) in Iloilo City on December 29, 2020.

Aside from this major award, Bacolod City topped two of the four pillars of the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI). 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-Western Visayas 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.

National Index

It can be recalled that in December 2020, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) came out with its Top 20 Most Competitive HUCs list, wherein Bacolod ranked 11th, besting Iloilo City and Cebu City, which 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,” 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.

Four Pillars

Infrastructure refers to the physical building blocks that connect, expand and sustain a locality and its surroundings to enable the provision of goods and services.

Resiliency refers to the ability of the people, households, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses in and manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.

Economic Dynamism is associated with activities that create a stable expansion of businesses and industries and higher employment.

Government Efficiency refers to the quality and reliability of government services and government support for effective and sustainable productive expansion.

It may also be recalled that last year the Department of Interior and Local Government proclaimed Bacolod City as “The Best Performing LGU – City Level” in Western Visayas. (PR)


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