(L-R) NCC Co-Chairman Mr. Guillermo M. Luz, DTI Rizal Provincial Director Mercedes A. Parreño, Mayor  Antonio A. Ferrer of Gen. Trias, Cavite, Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan, and Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal of DTI during the awarding at the 2nd Regional Competitiveness Summit last August 7 at the Philippines International Convention Center.

The municipalities of General Trias (2nd) and Carmona (4th), both from Cavite, ranked among the most competitive municipalities in the Philippines for 2014 according to the National Competitiveness Council. Data were gathered from the 2014 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) among 399 first class municipalities. The 2014 CMCI results were released during the Regional Competitiveness Summit held on August 7 at Bayview Hotel, Manila.

Other LGUs from Calabarzon also received high ranks for various measures in the CMCI. The following LGUs were given high ranks under economic dynamism: Tanza, Cavite (1st); General Trias, Cavite (2nd); San Pedro, Laguna (3rd); Carmona, Cavite (4th); and Taytay, Rizal (5th). For the infrastructure category, Rodriguez, Rizal was ranked 2nd.

Speakers during the Regional Competitiveness Summit underscored the significant role of the Regional Competitiveness Councils (RCCs) all over the regions in evaluating cities and municipalities. They further emphasized the role of government agencies, the private sector, and development partners in contributing to inclusive growth in the country in light of the ASEAN Economic Community integration in 2015.

NCC Private Sector Co-Chairman Guillermo M. Luz encouraged the stakeholders to cooperate in building affordable, accessible, socially acceptable, environment friendly, economically viable, and climate resilient measures in pursuing competitiveness in cities and municipalities.

From 122 cities and 163 municipalities in the preliminary run in 2013, this year’s CMCI presented data from a total of 136 cities and 399 municipalities. From Calabarzon, 17 cities and 44 first class municipalities participated in the survey. The CMCI measures competitiveness of local governments by using 28 weighted indicators measuring: a) economic dynamism; b) government efficiency; and c) infrastructure.