|It was a day of celebration for Calabarzon, as majority of the awardees in the 4th Annual Regional Competitiveness Summit held on 14 July 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center were from the Region.
Calabarzon received the overall most competitive for three out of five categories i.e. province, first to second class municipalities and third to sixth class municipalities in the 2016 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index Survey.
For the province category, Rizal got the overall most competitive province in the country, with Cavite in the second place.
For the first to second class municipalities category, Calabarzon swept the top three spots with Cainta, Rizal as the overall most competitive, followed by Taytay, Rizal and General Trias, Cavite.
For two consecutive years, Infanta, Quezon got the most competitive municipality under the third to sixth class municipalities category. A special award was given to Pagbilao, Quezon as the most improved municipality.
Under Economic Dynamism pillar, the City of Imus, Cavite ranked second, while the City of Biñan, Laguna ranked third for the component cities category. General Trias, Cavite ranked first and Cainta, Rizal ranked second under the first and second class municipalities category.
For the Government Efficiency pillar, Cainta, Rizal ranked first followed by Taytay, Rizal as second under the first and second class municipalities category.
For the Infrastructure pillar, the City of Bacoor, Cavite placed second under the component cities category. Cainta, Rizal placed first and Taytay, Rizal got the third place under the first and second class municipalities category. Infanta, Quezon was ranked first followed by Pagsanjan, Laguna in second under the third to sixth class municipalities category.
The City of Bacoor ranked fourth in the overall most competitive component city and Laguna ranked fourth in the province category.
The National Competitiveness Council awarded the Regional Competitiveness Committee of the RDC Calabarzon for its efforts in improving competitiveness of the provinces, cities and municipalities.
The National Competitiveness Council confers the annual competitiveness awards to local government units to encourage them to innovate and improve systems and procedures to attract investments and generate employment opportunities.
by Myke Lavadia (DRD/ NEDA Region IV-A)