The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) used the data covering the period
January to December of 2011 to 2013 resulted in the sudden downward spiral of
the city’s ranking in the recent City and Municipality Competitiveness Index
Ms. Joji Locsin of ANP, Ms. Leah Aguirre of Piaya Network, First Lady Josefa
"Patching" Puentevella, Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, Ms. Paula Cuaycong of BPI
and Ms. Butch Gerasmo of Bacolod Tourism Office opened the Launching of Piaya
Network with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the District North Point Saturday.*
In a letter addressed to City Mayor Monico Puentevella, the NCC stated that
they based this year’s results on the data covering January to Decem-ber of
2011, 2013 and 2014, "plus additional data on Business Permits issued (both
renewals and new businesses) in January 2014 for comparison versus January
Likewise, the statistics were used by the NCC to cover 29 pre-determined
indicators that included security and health and school capacity alongside
Infrastructure, Economic Dynamism and Government Efficiency as prime basis.
This year, the city is ranked 20th in Overall Competitiveness with a score of
38.58; 15th on Economic Dynamism (11.5); 45th on Government Efficiency (16.83)
and 23rd on Infrastructure (10.23).
"The data used was during his term," Puentevella said as he detailed that he
should not be blamed by the sudden plummet of the city’s ranking from among the
top 5 most competitive cities in the Philippines in 2012 and that the NCC had
based their assessment based on data procured during the administration of
former Mayor and now Lone District Representative Evelio Leonardia.
Further, the city’s current Chief Executive decided to state the details
because his administration "was blamed" and his way "to let the people know the
"He (Leonardia) should be man enough to take the blame," added the Mayor.