Photo shows the Bacolod City Government Center illuminated at night. The structure is popularly known as the “NGC,” or the New Government Center among Bacolodnons. WIKIMEDIA

BACOLOD City – The City of Bacolod has sought assistance from the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) in its bid to improve the ease of doing business and similar policies in the city.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in a statement said his administration “considers the NCC results as a guide in setting the direction of the city.”

“NCC is like a compass that tells us where we are and where we are going. Consulting with them can make our city more competitive and we can attract more investors,” he added.

As a public-private body, the NCC develops strategy for the long-term competitiveness of the Philippines through policy reforms, project implementation, institution building, and performance monitoring.

It is behind the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities. The rankings of the cities are based on the sum of their scores on four pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.

In 2017, among 145 cities, including 33 highly urbanized and 112 component cities, Bacolod was on the 22nd spot. Kabankalan was in 62nd place; Bago, 67th; and San Carlos, 100th.

Leonardia said he aims to bring Bacolod’s rank higher this 2018.

During the conference held at the Department of Trade and Industry’s main office in Makati City, the mayor’s team met with Guillermo Luz, NCC co-chairman for the private sector, along with Herminio Viterbo Jr., program officer of the DTI Competitiveness Bureau, and Lizamyl Buquid, trade and industry development specialist of DTI.

Leonardia was joined by City Development Council vice chair George Zulueta and Local Economic and Investment Promotions officer Jonah Javier. (PNA)

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