Rizal Governor Rebecca A. Ynares receives the award for the most competitive province in the Philippines during the 7th Regional Competitiveness Summit on October 24, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. (Photo by: NEDA Region IV-A)

The local government units (LGUs) of Calabarzon received a total of 25 out of 75 awards during the 7th Annual Regional Competitiveness Summit held on October 24, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. The awards received this year surpassed the 12 awards of the region last year. The awards are based on the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) that measures the level of competitiveness of LGUs all over the country.

The province of Rizal was awarded as the most competitive province for the fourth straight year owing to the high ranks received by its LGUs. Antipolo City was the most competitive component city for the second time followed by Calamba City and Santa Rosa City. Cainta and Taytay were the top two overall most competitive municipalities under the category of first and second class municipalities. Laguna Province and Cavite Province, on the other hand, were the second and third most competitive province, respectively.

The LGUs which topped the four pillars of the CMCI survey were also awarded. Under the Economic Dynamism pillar, the Cities of General Trias, Calamba and Batangas were the top three under the category of component cities. From top rank last year, Cainta, Rizal slipped down to third rank in Economic Dynamism under the category of first to second class municipalities.

For Government Efficiency, the Cities of Antipolo and Santa Rosa ranked first and third under the component cities category. The top three LGUs under the first and second class municipalities were Cainta, Taytay and Silang. Meanwhile, first time awardee,Taal from the Batangas Province, ranked second under third and sixth class municipalities.

For Infrastructure, Cainta and Taytay were the second and third among the first and second class municipalities, respectively while Antipolo City placed second under component cities.

Under the pillar of Resiliency, Antipolo City topped among component cities. Binangonan and San Mateo both from Rizal ranked second and third spots under the first and second class municipalities. Pagsanjan from the Laguna Province, also a first time awardee, ranked second among the third to sixth class municipalities.

The improved ranking of Calabarzon LGUs was facilitated by continuous orientations and trainings on the CMCI data capture forms conducted through the Regional and Provincial Competitiveness Councils. The National Competitiveness Council confers the annual competitiveness awards to LGUs to encourage them to improve systems and procedures in order to attract more investments that will generate more employment opportunities in their localities.

Mary Deemple D. Ariate, NEDA Region IV-A | October 25, 2019