Calapan City jumps competitive rank this year from a ‘dismal’ place in 2013

POSTED: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

From 105th place in 2013 to 38th so far this year


Calapan City has increased its rank so far in this year’s measure of competitiveness among the total 136 cities in the country.


From being outside of the top 100 cities in last year’s Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) in the Philippines measure done by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), Calapan City, the capital city of Oriental Mindoro, has taken a great stride in its 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).

Calapan is now 38th from 105th in 2013 among the 136 cities nationwide.  This city now ranks 73rd overall among the 535 local government units in the combined 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.

In the government efficiency category, Calapan City led by Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan, whose dynamism remains unquestionable since he was the governor or the province of Oriental Mindoro, is notably number one in transparency score in local governance performance system (LGPMS) and in investment promotion.  (By CIO-Print & Broadcast Division)


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