By: Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1, Ilocos Norte
SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte, Oct. 27 (PIA) – For the third time, San Nicolas town emerged as the country’s most business-friendly local government unit (LGU) earning the hall of fame award from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (PCCI).
This town won the award for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014 under the municipal category level 1.
Mayor Melanie Grace Valdez and husband Vice Mayor Alfredo P. Valdez, Jr. received personally the plaque of recognition in simple rites at the Manila Hotel last Friday (Oct. 24).
On top of the recognition, the town is also entitled to a free construction of a two–classroom school building.
San Nicolas is home to mall chains namely Robinsons, Savemore and other homegrown businesses like furniture making, side-car manufacturing for tricycles, glass and aluminum processing and outlets for pre-owned car, among others.
Mayor Valdez, however, said that San Nicolas’ main investment was streamlining procedures in opening a business in line with the Anti-Red Tape Act.
She added that her programs for employment got a boost with the arrival of various investments.
The Most Business-Friendly LGU Award is the PCCI’s initiative to complement the efforts of the government to streamline procedures in compliance with Arta or R.A. 9485.
The award also seeks to recognize and promote models of governance of municipalities, cities and provinces that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in trade investment and tourism promotions; public private partnership, quality management system, innovations and human resource development; micro-small medium enterprise development; interlocal government relations; quality customer service plus information on local taxes, disaster risk reduction management and inclusive growth.#