Thirty-nine new local government units (LGUs) of Calabarzon have joined the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) survey for 2015.

The RDC Calabarzon Regional Competitiveness Committee conducted a series of orientations to all provinces of Calabarzon region. The CMCI oriented the old and new participating LGUs on how to fill out the data capture sheets for the CMCI. The orientation also served as the venue for queries of LGUs regarding their concerns on the data capture sheets.

The CMCI measures competitiveness at the local government level using 28 indicators grouped into three equally-weighted pillars: Economic Dynamism,   Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. Scores on each  pillar were combined to form the overall score used to rank cities  and municipalities.

In 2014, General Trias, Cavite ranked 2nd and Carmona, Cavite ranked 4th in the whole country, under municipality category. The following LGUs received high ranks in economic dynamism: Tanza, Cavite (1st); General, Trias, Cavite (2nd); San Pedro, Laguna (3rd); Carmona, Cavite (4th); and Taytay, Rizal (5th). For the infrastructure indicator, Rodriguez, Rizal placed 2nd.

Developing competitive advantages across several variables have proven successful for the top-ranked cities and municipalities in the 2014. The results highlight the importance of being competitive to attract investors.

The CMCI was designed to encourage local governments to regularly track data and eventually benchmark performance against other cities in the ASEAN regions.

by Michael R. Lavadia, NEDA Region IV-A | Tuesday, June 2, 2015