Most Business-Friendly in the Philippines

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has adjudged Candon City as 2010 Most Business-Friendly in the Philippines under Level II City Category.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III personally handed the plaque of recognition to Candon City Mayor Allen Singson and Mary Jean Abrero, city business permits and licensing Officer, in a simple ceremony in Malacanang.

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

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

“We deserve the award as we worked hard ever since we attained our cityhood last March 28, 2001,” Singson said

As a reward in winning the award, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc., in support to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), will give school building to the city to be donated by Henry Lim Bon Liong of Sterling Paper Products Enterprises Inc.

In its first attempt to join the PCCI-sponsored competition, Candon bested Alaminos City in Pangasinan and Balanga City in Bataan in terms of investments and quality customer service.

In bagging the award, 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, from a total of P15.8 million in real property tax; P2.9 million, tax on business; P12.1 million on other taxes; and P836,000 from non-tax revenues; and others.

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 off.

The BOSS was set up to ensure a most efficient way of securing and issuing different permits and licenses, including renewals of the same.

On the other hand, the city’s Citizen Charter billboards are clearly and strategically located at the main lobby of the city hall while flow charts are displayed in all offices for customers’ guidance.

The city is also engaged in public-private partnership with its Nego viaje project launched in March 2008.

At the same time, the City Tourism Council organized the city’s food strip shops along the portion of Marina Street. The city provided uniformly designed food carts and picnic tables.

In the area of investment promotions, the city’s glutinous rice cake (calamay), Candon’s identified One Town One Product (OTOP), barged in the tourism world map when the city produced the world’s biggest calamay in 2006.

Calamay remains a top delicacy in the city and its market continues to grow.

In the Micro Small Medium Enterprise, the city has its Market Loan program and Self Employment Assistance (SEA) –Kaunlaran project.

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