Rizal named as 2016 Most Competitive Province

Rizal named as 2016 Most Competitive Province

- Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) measures the performance of a local government unit in terms of economic dynamism, efficiency and infrastructure

- Based on  2016 CMCI conducted by the National Competitiveness Council, Rizal is the most competitive province in the country

- Over 1,300 local government units or 85% of all local government units participated in the summit this year, making it the largest number of participants for the CMCI so far

At the 4 Annual Regional Competitiveness Summit on Thursday, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) released the results of their Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) for 2016.

This year, the CMCI ranked over 1,300 local government units (LGUs) based on their performance on three factors – Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure Awards. The awards were given in four categories – 3 to 6 class municipalities, 1 to 2 class municipalities, component cities, and highly urbanized cities. During the summit, an award for the Most Competitive Province and Most Improved City and Municipality was likewise given.

The CMCI initiative offers an opportunity for LGUs to evaluate their performance against global standards and make transformative decisions towards sustainable development. The measure also allows other stakeholders such as the private sector and the academe key insights and measures to better understand the performance of LGUs across the country.

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Based on the overall results, Infanta, Quezon was declared the most competitive overall under the Class 3 to 6 Municipalities category; Cainta, Rizal, among the Class 1-2 municipalities; Naga City, Camarines Sur, under the Component Cities category; and Quezon City under the Highly Urbanized Cities category.

Rizal named as 2016 Most Competitive Province

Municipal Government of Cainta, Rizal

(Source: @CaintaRizalOfficial)

The NCC also gave recognition to cities and municipalities who were able to significantly improve their rankings from last year. For the most improved municipalities, the NCC named Barugo, Leyte (Class 3 to 6) and Pagbilao, Quezon (Class 1 to 2), while the most improved cities were Ormoc, Leyte (among component cities) and Taguig (among highly urbanized cities).

“This year, we included the most improved LGUs, which jumped by 300 or so spots in one year. It shows that with effort and dedication, they will become a competitive LGU,” NCC co-chair for the private sector Guillermo Luz said.

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Luz added that local competitiveness is crucial in national growth.

“If we don’t build strong local government units (LGUs), we cannot build a sustainable, competitive country. We want to honor the best efforts of the LGUs to become more competitive,” he stressed.

Luz also explained that while the three indicators used to measure the competitiveness of LGUs were already aligned with global indices, “more adjustments would be made to accurately reflect the factors used for measurement within the ASEAN region.”

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The adjustments would have to be made to ensure that Philippine cities would be able to “compare themselves to their counterparts in neighboring countries.”

In a statement, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said that boosting the competitiveness of LGUs is important “in order to provide a more enabling business environment for all, specifically micro, small and medium sized enterprises.”

The 2016 CMCI was participated by 1,389 LGUs, 144 of which are cities while the remaining 1,245 are municipalities.

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