4 MIMAROPA LGUs raise rank so farin 2014 national competitiveness index
POSTED: Monday, September 1st, 2014
CALAPAN CITY – Four local government units in Region 4B or MIMAROPA Region, including this capital city of Oriental Mindoro, have increased their ranks so far in this year’s measure of competitiveness among the total 535 cities and municipalities in the country.
From being outside of the top 100 cities and municipalities combined in last year’s Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) in the Philippines measure done by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), the municipalities of Pinamalayan and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro province, Odiongan town in Romblon and Calapan City, also of Oriental Mindoro, have taken a great stride in their competitiveness at the local government level in terms of economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure indicators.
In the same CMCI measurement, which was launched and awarded by NCC to top performing LGUs during a regional competitive summit recently, the roster of the most competitive cities this year were led by Makati City and the cities of Cagayan de Oro (Misamis Oriental), and Naga (Camarines Sur). For municipalities, Daet in the province of Camarines Norte was ranked the most competitive overall, followed by General Trias (Cavite) and Kalibo (Aklan).
Meanwhile, from the LGUs in MIMAROPA (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) Region, or Region 4B, Pinamalayan placed 19th among the 399 towns from 109th last year, and 47th overall in 535 LGUs nationwide; Puerto Galera ranked 27th town from 132nd in 2013 and 63rd overall; and Odiongan 33rd from 155th last for 70th place generally to-date.
Calapan is now 38th from 105th among the 136 cities last year. This city now ranks 73rd overall among the 535 LGUs in the CMCI measurement.
The CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the NCC through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs), with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It was designed to encourage local governments to regularly track data and eventually benchmark performance against other cities in the ASEAN to better manage their regions.
The results highlight the importance of being competitive in three key factors (economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure) especially those which are closely examined by potential investors. Officials of the top three cities and municipalities for overall competitiveness also received awards in recognition of their effort to improve their situation. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)