By Jennifer C. Tilos
Dumaguete City has been conferred by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the distinction as second ranked component city in Government Efficiency among all component cities in the Philippines.
With the current administration’s commitment to create in the city an environment conducive for investors to do business by simplifying the regulatory processes and enhancing transparency, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo along with Councilors Joe Kenneth Arbas, Michael Bandal and Alan Gel Cordova received the award at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila during the 6th Regional Competitive Summit.
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said that this is an effort to recognize the most competitive Local Government Units (LGUs) for 2018 through the Competitiveness Bureau to highlight the results of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2018, which targets to rank over 1,500 local government units across the country.
In his keynote speech, Secretary Lopez challenged all local chief executives to reinvent their ways of delivering government service.
He urged all LGUs to level up the competitiveness of their localities to attract more investments and to create more jobs for the Filipino people.
As part of Dumaguete City efforts to nurture small and medium enterprises, a Negosyo Center was established with DTI to provide basic services namely: business registration assistance; business advisory services; business information and advocacy; and monitoring and evaluation of business-process improvement.
Mayor Remollo also enhanced the Business One Stop Shop or BOSS to assist all entrepreneurs, big and small, to experience ease in doing business in Dumaguete City.
As a result, there are now 7, 459 business establishments operating in the city in first half of 2018, an increase from just 7, 074 in 2016. This also 10, 102 local jobs from July 2017 to June 2018.
City Treasurer Cristina Merced projected P324 million revenues from local sources or businesses alone in 2019.
Mayor Remollo will be proposing a P790 million budget for 2019, the biggest budget ever for the city from just P 689 million in 2017 and also in 2017 alone.
The city posts an excess collection of P91.4 million in revenues due to the aggressive tax collection and sound fiscal management of all responsible officials, who are committed to good housekeeping and ethical conduct in service, cited Remollo.
Under his administration, Remollo said the city also demonstrated a transparent local government with not a single disallowance from the Commission on Audit for all its financial transactions since his assumption to office in mid-2016, thereby earning the trust and confidence of the constituents and investors alike.