PCCI Names San Fernando ‘Most Business Friendly LGU’ Anew [ Thursday, 29th of October 2015 | 1 year ago ]
Held yesterday [October 27], the annual search for local government units by the country’s largest business organization aims to promote and recognize good and effective governance of towns, provinces and cities. President Benigno Aquino III is the keynote speaker and guest of honor.
The award was received by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Nelson G. Lingat, Angelica O. Hizon, Ayzel Marie N. Macalino, Benedict Jasper Lagman, Harvey A. Quiwa, Celestino S. Dizon, Jacklyn Calimlim, and city department heads led by Administrator Fernando Limbitco.
San Fernando bested other contenders under component city level category and was recognized for its commendable efforts in adopting and instituting innovative and best practices in good governance, in partnership with private sector, significantly benefiting its business community and citizenry.
In an interview, Mayor Santiago said that the award mirrors the city government’s effort in creating an environment conducive to business. “Through our collective effort, we institutionalize standards in delivering quality services to the people.”
San Fernando was highly regarded for its business licensing process that, barring incomplete requirements, takes only 19 minutes of an investor’s time for his business permit to be issued. “This is why investors have come to recognize the ease in doing business in San Fernando” he said.
The city was also cited for its outstanding efforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote local trade and investments, transparency, accountability and efficiency in delivering business services to fuel up inclusive growth in the locality.
Earlier this year, the National Competitiveness Council named San Fernando as the second most competitive city in the country.
As part of the award, PCCI will fund the construction of a new school building in the city.
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