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bullet #1 - "20 Most Livable Cities" in the Philippines (iKwaderno website 2012)
bullet #1 - "20 Best Places to Live" in the Philippines (Money Sense Magazine 2008)
bullet "Most Business Friendly City" in the Philippines (2007) and in the Visayas (2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012)-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
bullet #2 - "10 Growth Centers" of the Philippines AIM, USAID & GTZ
bullet #3 - "10 Next Wave Cities" for BPOs (Call Centers) in the Philippines -DTI, CICT & BPOAP
bullet #94 -"100 Next Wave Cities in the World" for BPOs (Call Centers)- Tholons Strategic Advisory
Management for Global Outsourcing and Investments (New York)
bullet "Center of Excellence" elevated to this category by the Department of Science and Technology and Information and Communication Technology Office in 2012, which means it has joined the elite group in Information Technology composed only of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Clark
bullet Only Pilot City, out of 122 cities, for the European Union-funded program on Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam)
One criterium  is "the strong leadership of the Mayor"
bullet Consistent Finalist in the National Search for the "Most Child-Friendly City" in the Philippines
bullet Consistent Top 3 National Gawad Kalasag Awardee and Best Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in Western Visayas
bullet DILG Seal of Good Housekeeping
bullet Pilot City for the implementation of DepEd’s "K to 12" program
bullet First City to forge an agreement with DepEd on 50/50 sharing in cost of school building program
bullet Pilot City for the Integrated Organic Pollutants Management Projects (IPOPs) - World Bank
bullet Pilot City for the Localization of the Comprehensive National Juvenile Program -Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council
bullet MassKara Festival was recognized as among the:
"12 Best Things in the Philippines" -Cable News Network (CNN) "Eye on the Philippines" web report
"12 Must-Do October Events in the world"-National Geographic "Intelligent Travel" web report.


bullet 1976-1977 - Philippine Commercial & Industrial Bank "Correspondent of the Year Award"
For outstanding Contribution for two(2) consecutive years as Correspondent to the Bank's Internal Publication, the "PCIBank World"
bullet 1986- Most Outstanding Alumnus in the field of Public Administration (Tourism)
Blue and Gold Alumni Association (University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos)
bullet 1994- Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumnus
Mother Rita Barcelo Award, 75th Year Celebration, La Consolacion College
bullet 1983- YMCA Man of the Year
Awarded during the YMCA of Negros Occidental Membership Campaign
bullet 1985 and 1986 Most Valuable Y's Man of the Year
Conferred by Y's Men International Philippine Region for two(2) consecutive years during the 34th and 35th National National Conventions in May 1985 and April 1986
bullet 1977- Highest Triple and Highest Single Awards
Bacolod Bankers Club Bowling Tournament
bullet 1983- Individual Champion
NPC and KBP Bowling Tournament
bullet Philippine Commercial International Bank
Assigned in several positions, culminating as Officer-In-Charge of PCIB Libertad Money Shop (1973-1978)
bullet PRAWNTECH, Inc.
General Manager (1987-1988)
bullet Real Estate Brokers, Assn. of the Philippines, Inc.
Vice President for International affairs (1990-92)
bullet Lone Delegate of the Association of Apex Clubs of the Phils.
1980- National Assembly for Youth Development (NAYD) in Tokyo, Japan, sponsored by the Japanese Prime Minister's Office
bullet National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Grantee
1980- Two-month seminar on Tourism in Japan conducted by the ministry of Transportation of Japan
bullet Member
1982- Rotary Foundation Group Exchange Team to Argentina which represented District 385
bullet Grantee
1985- Novosti Press Agency, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics observation and familiarization of media establishments, tourism centers, cultural and historical spots, educational institutions and government agencies. A tour of eight (8) European countries after the trip to the USSR was included in the program and funded by the Department of Tourism.
bullet Delegate
1988 Y's Men International Convention in Kyoto, Japan
bullet Head of Delegation
September 1994- Delegates to Kamloops City, British Columbia, Canada in connection with Bacolod City Kamloops City Partnership Agreement sponsored by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Canadian International Development Authority
bullet Philippine Delegate
September 1995- International Conference on Strategic Information Technology held in Ottawa and Toronto, Canada sponsored by the Canadian International Dev't. Agency, Consulting and Audit Canada and Canadian Center for Management Development.
bullet Lone Local Government Delegate
1996- Official Visit of Vice President Joseph E. Estrada to Thailand which included official calls on Prime Minister Banharn Silpa-Archa and Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh.
bullet Chief of Delegation
1996 Goodwill Mission composed of local officials, business, and civic leaders of Keelung City, Taiwan.
bullet Lone Philippine Mayor Delegate
1997 Forum on Education in Cities in Bordeaux, France sponsored by UNESCO and participated by 21 countries
bullet Head of Delegation
2004 Bacolod MassKara participation to the Shanghai International Festival Grand Prix
bullet Philippine Delegate
2006  4th World Water Forum held in Mexico City, Mexico
bullet Delegate
2006 Organization Development Seminar in Sigtuna, Sweden, on local governance for Philippine governors, mayors, and league officials sponsored by the Swedish government
bullet Chief of Delegation
2008 Bacolod Team that forged a Sisterhood Pact with Andong City, South Korea, on the occasion of their Andong International Mask Dance Festival
bullet United States of America, Union Soviet Socialist Republics, Brazil, Argentina, Gernany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, England, Japan, Taiwan, Hongkong, Thailand, China, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea, Singapore, Cambodia, Canada, Vietnam.
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