Laoag City : Most Business-Friendly LGU for 2016; Hall of Fame Awardee
It was in September this year (2016) when Laoag City became a Hall of Fame Awardee of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), conclusively declaring Laoag City as a top performer in Good Financial Housekeeping, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection for the Basic Sector, Environmental Management, Law and Order And Public Safety, and Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, the six (6) major criteria of the Seal.
It was not a surprise therefore that Laoag City was again conferred the Most Business-Friendly LGU Award for 2016 by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) on October 13, 2016 at the Marriot Hotel in Manila. The third similar award of Laoag City (2012, 2013, & 2016) has made it a Hall Of Fame Awardee in the said Search.
Laoag City Mayor and mother of the city Chevylle V. Farinas, Vice Mayor and father of the city Michael V. Farinas, and some Department Heads received the award, with no less than His Excellency Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines, as the Guest of Honor.
The Award recognizes Local Government Units (LGUs) “that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote trade and investments, transparency, and efficiency in delivering business service to fuel up inclusive growth in the locality”.
The Search is an annual initiative of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as its “initiative to complement the efforts of the government to streamline procedures in compliance with Republic Act 9485, also known as the Anti Red Tape Act of 2007”.
The Award “seeks to recognize and promote models of governance of provinces, cities, and municipalities that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote trade and investment, ensure accountability, transparency and efficiency, and competitiveness of local government units”.
Reflecting on the impact and effects of this prestigious award to the local economy, Laoag City in now booming with new investments and business perspectives, new structures and buildings are being put up, tourism is flourishing, employment is rising, and educational institutions are enjoying high enrolment rates.
Laoaguenos are wondering, to some extent guessing and fortune-telling, what’s next for Laoag City? Only time will tell, but with the trend of what’s happening now, for sure, the city is up for bigger challenges and awards!