BACOLOD City – The global consulting firm Tholons International excluded the city from the list of “Top 100 Super Cities” this year.
After placing 89th in last year’s list, this capital city is no longer included in the 2019 ranking.
Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology president John Dave Dueñas said the city’s exclusion from the Tholons’ competitiveness index is “sad news”.
The annual Tholons Services Globalization Index is the leading touchstone to benchmark the accelerated digital transformation of industries and services globally.
“We take it as a challenge to the industry players to set aside politics and focus more on what is essential for industry growth,” said Dueñas on Thursday.
He noted that there are currently 35,000 full-time employees in the industry that deserve more support and attention.
“Personally, I think we can still keep the investors upbeat,” he stressed.
Bacolod City has a thriving local information and technology-business process management industry, which has hosted a number of major call center companies and similar information technology firms in the past 10 years.
Aside from Bacolod, the cities of Sta. Rosa and Iloilo are also no longer in the top 100. (With a report from PNA/PN)