Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay on Thursday presented the highlights of the city’s performance in 2014, which he called a “tumultuous year,” before officers and members of the Rotary Club of Makati and affiliated clubs at the Peninsula Manila.
Binay recalled how his family has been “targeted for pillory” only because his father, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, has announced his candidacy for the presidency, as their opponents themselves have publicly admitted.
“Yet, 2014 has become one of the most rewarding periods of my term as mayor of Makati. In fact, in the middle of all the mudslinging motivated by both the vengeance of incapable opponents and what substitutes for the political strategy of other parties, the city leadership has refused to be sidetracked, and has kept its vow to its constituents to focus on the task of improving their lives,” Binay said.
The mayor said the significant achievements of the city speak louder than words.
Binay announced the enactment of the New Makati Investment and Incentives Code, which sets the guidelines for the granting of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to registered enterprises and for providing assistance to prospective investors.
“Whatever they say, Makati City has risen from an almost bankrupt municipality after EDSA to a model of governance recognized by many independent and reputable institutions,” Binay said.
In 2014, Makati was named as the country’s “Most Competitive City” among 136 cities and 163 municipalities in the latest competitiveness index that measured economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.
The city also aced the pilot accreditation project for business-friendly and anti-fixing processes of the Office of the Ombudsman and earned the Blue Certification (Level II), surpassing the two other pilot cities—Taguig and Marikina.