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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Baguio City is 2020's 'Most Business-Friendly' LGU in the Philippines

Cordillera - The City Government of Baguio has won the 2020 Most Business-Friendly FGU Awards for City Level 1B Category, according to the Baguio Public Information Office.

The award is given to the city in recognition in its effort in successfully restoring and increasing the business operations in the locality thru sustained and innovative actions despite extreme challenges brought about by the pandemic.

The Philippine Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) cited the initiative of LGU Baguio through the leadership of Mayor Magalong in addressing the impacts of the current pandemic to the business community. 

The Baguio LGU initiated several programs during the gradual opening of tourism establishment in the city which includes the use of digital technology through Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (VISITA) online registration platform and the Ridge and Reef Tourism Corridor.

The city government also provided financial assistance to small businesses and subsidy to public utility jeepney drivers and operators during the quarantine period.

The LGU Baguio also crafted policies and ordinances that benefited MSMEs particularly  tax relief, rental holiday, waiver for rents and 30-day grace period for rent payments.

The ensure workers in the business sector not to be exposed from the virus, the city council issued directives and policies on compliance to health protocols like the mandatory use of face masks and face shields. 

The PCCI's annual expo is considered the largest business gathering in the country serving as a venue for policy makers, business leaders, diplomats, academe and MSMEs sharing ideas for sustainable and resilient business environment.



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