Bacolod hailed as 2021 most biz-friendly LGU

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The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) once again named Bacolod City as the “Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit” for 2021.

The city, which won a similar accolade in 2007, bested 10 other finalists in the highly-urbanized city category of the nationwide search.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia received the award in a virtual ceremony yesterday attended by PCCI president Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico and chamber chairperson Alegria Limjoco at the PCCI Innovation Center in Pasig. (

“This (award) reassures us that when this pandemic is over, we will all be back in business and we will row the boat together. We will accelerate,” said Leonardia.

“We will tread that road to recovery altogether. We thank you for this inspiration of being the Most Business-Friendly City outside of Metro Manila,” he added.

The PCCI Awards Committee cited Bacolod City’s efforts to keep the local economy afloat despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

It also recognized its innovations and timely interventions to support local businesses at the height of the health crisis, including the 24-hour vaccination drive for those in the business process outsourcing sector and the service industry, as well as the mobile vaccination campaign that inoculated thousands of vendors in major public markets and public utility vehicle drivers, among others.