The Calabarzon Regional Statistics Committee and Regional Competitiveness Committee of the Calabarzon RDC, held a joint workshop to evaluate the results of the 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Survey and to improve the ranking of Calabarzon local government units.

The workshop, which was held on 26 February 2016 at the RDC Calabarzon Conference Room, in Calamba City was in preparation for the 2016 CMCI. The participants reviewed the indicators of the CMCI to identify the issues in data generation and compliance to the set of indicators. An action plan was prepared for the 2016 CMCI Survey to address the issues.

The workshop was graced by Dir. Rosalinda P. Bautista of the Philippine Statistics Authority – National Capital Region who discussed the 2016 CMCI methodology. RSC Co-Chair, Dir. Charito C. Armonia of PSA Region IV-A stressed the importance of substantial data in the CMCI, while RCC Chairperson, Dir. Marilou Q. Toledo of DTI Region IV-A shared that local government units who received high ranks in the survey reported an increase in investors in their areas. This indicates that the CMCI Survey helps in attracting investors.

The CMCI measures the competitiveness at the local government level using 28 indicators, grouped into three equally-weighted pillars namely: economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure. Scores of each pillar were combined to form the overall score used to rank cities and municipalities.

By Myke Lavadia/ NEDA Region IV-A

RSC-RCC CMCI worskhop participants
RSC-RCC CMCI worskhop participants