By Genalyn D. Kabiling
The government is encouraging the country’s various cities and municipalities to emulate the best practices in Davao City in terms of improving ease of doing business.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the suggestion in the hopes of helping make the country’s business climate more conducive to entrepreneurs.
The Philippines’ ranking recently slipped in the World Bank’s latest report on “Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs.” Quezon City was chosen to represent the country in the WB report.
“Kung titingnan ninyo iyong pag-aaral ng World Bank, dito sa Pilipinas ang pinakamadali mamuhunan hindi po sa Quezon City ‘no – nagkaroon din sila ng data – kung hindi sa Davao City. So talaga nung binabasa ko iyong data, unfortunately iyong pag-aaral eh talagang ginawa sa Quezon City; pero alam din nung nag-aaral na ang pinakamabilis ang proseso sa Davao, iyong home town ni Presidente [If you will look at the World Bank report, the easiest place to do business is Davao City, not Quezon City. When I was reading the data, unfortunately the study was made in Quezon City although they knew Davao, the President’s hometown, has the fastest processes],” Roque said in a radio interview.
“Kaya nga po kampante naman tayo ‘no na dahil kinilala naman ang Davao City as kumbaga the best place to start a business in the Philippines, eh siguro iyong mga sistema na in place sa Davao City pag ipina-implement natin sa buong bayan eh magre-resulta sa overall improvement in ease of doing business’ sa ating bayan [I am confident that because Davao City is known to be the best place to start a business in the Philippines, maybe the systems in place in Davao City if implemented in the rest of the country will result to an overall improvement in ease of doing business in the country],” he said.
He noted that the President’s vision was to implement his reforms in Davao City “on a national basis.”
In the World Bank report, the Philippines slipped to 113th in the ranking of 190 economies this year, from 99th place in the previous report. The country ranked behind other Asian neighbors such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Roque said although the country’s ranking dropped by 14 points, its absolute score actually improved. He said the country made some headway in promoting a business-friendly climate but other nations were just faster with their improvements.
Nonetheless, Roque assured that the government would continue to reduce red tape, and other measures to improve the ease of doing business in the country. He also cited pending bills on the amendment of the country’s corporation code and imposition of a three-day processing of business permits in government offices.
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