Candon City wins RP’s 2010 Most Business Friendly City award

CANDON CITY (October 28, 2010) – - The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) had adjudged Candon City as 2010 Most Business Friendly of the Philippines(Level II – City Category), it was learned Wednesday here

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III personally handed the plaque of recognition to Candon City Mayor Allen Singson and City Business Permits and Licensing Officer Mary Jean Abrero in a simple ceremony.

The awarding rite was part of the highlights of the 36th Philippine Business Conference and Expo held at Manila Hotel last October 15, 2010.

Mayor Singson expressed his appreciation to all concerned and stakeholders who helped the city in winning the prestigious award.

“We deserve the award as we worked hard for it since we attained our city hood last March 28, 2001,” Singson said

As a reward in winning the award, the Federation of Filipino- Chinese Chambers of Commerceand Industry, Inc. in support to the PCCI will donate school building to the city courtesy of Henry Lim Bon Liong of Sterling Paper Products Enterprises Inc.

During the final deliberation, Candon, in its first attempt to join the PCCI’s sponsored prestigious nationwide competition, bested the Alaminos City in Pangasinan and Balanga City in Bataan on investments and quality customer service. The city took pride of its 5,112 business applications for the period January 2009 to August 2010 with an accumulated P104 million investments poured – in based on their business capital submitted.

The city had also generated a local income amounting to P37.6 million in which the tax revenues collected had a total of P15.8 million (real property tax – P2.9 million, tax on business -P12.1 million and other taxes – P836 ,000); and the non-tax revenues reflected P21. 8 million (P5.2 million – regulatory fees on permits and licenses, P1.8 million – service user charges like clearance certificates, P13.4 million income from economic enterprise – market collection and P1.2 million from other receipts like violations/miscellaneous. The city has more than P220 million Internal Revenue Allotment for 2010.

In the quality customer service, the city government has its Business- One – Stop- Shop (BOSS) and the Citizens’ charter to show of.

The BOSS is set up to provide the most efficient way for securing and issuances of different permits and licenses including renewals.

The city’s Citizen Charter billboards are clearly and strategically located at the city hall’s main lobby and flow charts are displayed in all offices for customer’s guidance.

The city is also engaged in public- private partnership with its Nego viaje project launched in March 2008. Under the City Tourism Council, the project is the organization of the city’s food strip vendors along the portion of Marina Street. The city provided uniformly designed food carts and picnic tables.

In the investment promotions, the city’s One Town One Product (OTOP) glutinous rice cake (calamay) had inched to the tourism world map when the city produced the world’s biggest calamay in 2006.

Calamay remains the top delicacy in the city and its market continuous to grow with all out promotions done.

In the Micro Small Medium Enterprise area, the city has its Market Loan program and Self Employment Assistance (SEA) –Kaunlaran project. The SEA –kaunlaran aims to support interested Candonians who wanted to engage in business. It started in 2008 and it has now more than 150 recipients. (/PIA – Ilocos Sur)

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