Tagum City is PH’s 2021 Most Business Friendly LGU (City Level 2)

Tagum City – Tagum City is named the Most Business Friendly LGU in the Philippines for the second time during the 47th Philippine Business Conference and Expo yesterday, November 18, 2021. The award is conferred by The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) via Zoom.

Tagum impressed the PCCI with its four strategies in overcoming the challenges brought by the pandemic especially on the business sector; Tax Relief, Effective Crisis Management and Response, Helping the Workforce, and Investment.

For Tax Relief, the city passed two important ordinances; City Ordinance no. 940 s. – 2020 offering tax payment relief and City Ordinance no. 978 s. – 2020 temporarily suspending the rental fees in the City Economic Enterprises. Moreover, 10% discount was given to taxpayers who paid in the first quarter and no surcharges and interests were given to those who paid on the second quarter and beyond due date.

The LGU was also one of the cities that mobilized their COVID-19 City Task Force earlier than the others which made it easier for the government and business community to collaborate on the implementation of localized guidelines, easing of curfew hours to lengthen the operating hours of business, and real-time updating of policies.

To ensure the safety of the workers and consumers/customers, 49,430 Tagumenyo essential workers were able to get their vaccines through the City Health Office. The LGU provided job opportunities through TUPAD and Grow Micro Programs which targeted displaced employees as well.

Lastly, infrastructure projects did not stop amidst the pandemic as the city believes that public infrastructure is local economic stimulus.

This is the second time that Tagum received such recognition which proves the LGU’s dedication in innovating to increase the business operation in the city. The LGU bested 12 other finalists; Antipolo City, Bacoor City, Biňan City, Cotabato City, Dasmariňas City, Imus City, Legazpi City, Ormoc City, San Fernando City, San Pedro City, Santa Rosa City, and Tarlac City.

The said conferment of the prestigious award was attended by Mayor Allan L. Rellon, Vice Mayor Eva Lorraine Estabillo, heads of different offices, and city employees. The award is set to increase the capability of Tagum to handle bigger investments, according to city officials. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum

 

Tagum wins as the 2021 Most Business-Friendly LGU in the Philippines (City Level 2) today, November 18, 2021. The award is conferred by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) during the 47th Philippine Business Conference and Expo via Zoom. This is the second time that Tagum receives such a prestigious award. Ronnie Miguel/CIO Tagum

 

The Rellon-Estabillo administration shows its commitment in maintaining its healthy relationship with the business sector through innovations and new policies which earned the city its award as the Most Business-Friendly LGU in the Philippines (City Level 2) for the second time around especially during these trying times. Ronnie Miguel/CIO Tagum