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City Of San Fernando Did It Again! CSFP Wins The 2014 Most Business-Friendly LGU Award [ Monday, 27th of October 2014 | 3 years ago ]


The City of San Fernando, Pampanga is once again named by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as 2014 Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit of the country in the city level category.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago received the award from PCCI President Alfredo Yao at the 40th Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Manila Hotel which was graced by President Benigno S. Aquino III as the keynote speaker and guest of honor last Friday.

“After earning the Hall of Fame Status in 2010, we rested for three years to give way to other aspiring LGUs. Now, after a short break, we made it again” said Mayor Santiago adding that the award is a testament of the city’s collective effort to become “globally competitive” in preparation for the Association of Southeast Asians Nation’s summit to be held in the region next year.

The award showed that San Fernando excels in the fields of trade, investment, tourism and promotions, public-private partnership, inter-local government unit relations, quality management systems and innovations, and quality customer’s service.

“We maintain transparent and responsible governance, which is accountable to the people. With our fiscal discipline and streamlined internal processes, we have been attracting investors who have remained in our city.”

To date, the city government has 7 IT-enabled core processes, 27 installed application systems, 48 ISO-certified procedures that resulted a dramatic decrease in “red tape”.

“If your requirements are complete, it will only take less than 20 minutes to get your business permits in San Fernando” said Mayor Santiago.

He noted that the customer rating satisfaction for LGU services was pegged at 99.92% and capital investments in the city ran up to 57 billion pesos, owing to big-time investors like Century Properties and Ayala Land.

At present, a total of 8,293 registered businesses are operating in the city.

Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, who was also present in the awarding ceremony, said that another factor that makes investors flock in the city are legislations which grants them incentives.

“We have passed the investment-incentive code that gives tax discounts for new industries that will operate in our city.”

Witnessing the event are Councilors Harvey Quiwa, Benedict Jasper Lagman, Ayzel Macalino, City Administrator Fernando Limbitco, Human Resource Officer Rashi Yusi, Treasurer Mary Anne Bautista, Environment Officer Anele David, Engineer Efren De Leon, Information Technology Officer Dexter Dancel, Civil Defense Officer Raymond Del Rosario, Investment Promotion Officer Jeffrey Yutuc, Business and License Division Chief Joseph Garcia, Internal Control Division Chief Sharlene Bundalian, and Multi-Sectoral Governance Council Chairman Loi David.

Along with the award is a donation of a new school building for the city by PCCI.

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