Iloilo City won First Place Resilience in Highly Urbanized City Category of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Awards 2019.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is recognizing this year’s most competitive local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines at the 7th Regional Competitiveness Summit at Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City this Thursday, October 24.
“I am glad to hear that more and more LGUs are seeing the importance of the CMCI project,” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.
“The CMCI now has 1,518 cities and municipalities, from 122 cities and 163 municipalities in its pilot run in 2013. Beyond being an annual ranking event, it is a vital opportunity for policymakers and public officials to see where things are, compare it to past performance, and relate it to the experience of other localities. As such, the program serves as a driving force to do better, to be more innovative, and to utilize and manage resources more effectively,” he added.
LGUs are ranked in each of the four convergent pillars of CMCI namely Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.
The fourth pillar measures the capability of an LGU to sustain competitiveness. Resiliency at the context of local level is defined as ability of the people, households, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses and manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.
Iloilo City secured the top spot for the HUC Category followed by Cagayan de Oro (2nd) and Davao City (3rd). Antipolo, Rizal led the Component City Category with Koronadal, South Cotabato (2nd) while Calapan, Oriental Mindoro slipped to 3rd place. Liloan, Cebu emerged as best in the 1st-2nd class municipalities, followed by Binangonan, Rizal (2nd) and San Mateo, Rizal (3rd). Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur is 1st place in the 3rd-6th class municipalities, with Pagsanjan, Laguna (2nd ) and Magsaysay, Davao del Sur at (3rd).
The metropolis also ranked Top 5 Most Improved HUC and same spot in Government Efficiency. It also placed Top 9 Overall Competitive.
CMCI is developed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs).