Bacolod City is No. 1 of the Top 20 Livable Philippine Cities of 2012.
This is according to a school research study posted in iKwaderno.
The study considered all the 122 cities of the Philippines – has undergone thorough research and gathering of data and analysis. The methodology used to determine the livability of each city was based but not totally on the European Intelligence Unit procedure.
Like the EIU, the concept of the study was to determine which locations in the Philippines provide the “best living conditions”. In the study, five broad categories were considered for the computation, namely, Stability (25%), Culture and Environment (25%), Healthcare (20%), Education (10%) and Infrastructure (20%).
Each category contains indicators, and many indicators were included in the study, to make the computed data more solid. Aside from the EIU provided indicators, (which can be viewed in their website) the research added the following into consideration: financial performance, population density, availability of public and private hospitals, availability and quality of public health service, environmental conditions, availability of sports and development programs, calamity-safety index, tourist attractions, cultural and commercial ties, availability of public and private educational sectors including their performances.
In the said study of 122 Philippine cities which made Bacolod City the No. 1 of the 120 most livable cities of the Philippines for 2012, quantitative variables came from the external data sources which were based from the reports released by the following government agencies: National Statistics Office, Philippine Statistical Coordination Board, IPRSD – Planning Service of DPWH, PAG-ASA, Philippine Volcanology and Seismology, Department of Education, Bureau of Secondary Education of Dep-Ed, Professional Regulation Commission and the Commission on Audit. As much as possible, qualitative aspects that requires polls and interviews were given with statistical counterpart to quantify the required indicator.
Based on the results of the study, Bacolod City came out as the “Most Liveable City of 2012.” According to the study, while Bacolod may not be the best but the city is well represented in all of the indicators mentioned.
Bacolod City ranks 8th in having the lowest crime incidence among the first class cities in the country.
It is 3rd in giving the best environmental conditions to live; 2nd in having the best sports program for the public, 4th for historical and cultural significance, 2nd in having the best delicacies in the country, and 4th for best tourist attractions.
In the study, Bacolod ranks 3rd as best provider of quality public and private education both for primary and secondary, 4th in having the most cultural and commercial ties locally and internationally, 6th in calamity safety index and the 4th best city in terms of its infrastructure.
Bacolod is the capital of Negros Occidental province well known for its Masskara Festival celebrated every October. Bacolod is also known for being very friendly thus the nickname the “City of Smiles”
In addition, the study noted that Bacolod received numerous awards and citations from different organizations for having one of the best infrastructure, stable economy, interesting culture and conducive environment.