The local government units (LGUs) of Calabarzon received a total of 23 out of 75 awards during the 5th Annual Regional Competitiveness Summit held on August 16 in the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. The awards received this year surpassed the 18 awards received by the Calabarzon last year. Moreover, the awards were the result of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) survey that was conducted to measure the level of competitiveness of LGUs all over the country.
The province of Rizal was awarded as the most competitive province for the second straight year owing to the high ranks received by its LGUs. Antipolo City was the most competitive component city for the first time. Cainta, Taytay and Angono, all from Calabarzon and the province of Rizal were the top three overall most competitive municipalities under the category of first and second class municipalities. Cavite province, on the other hand, was the third most competitive province.
The LGUs which topped the four pillars of the CMCI survey were also awarded. Under Economic Dynamism pillar, Cainta and Taytay, Rizal and Sto. Tomas, Batangas topped the first and second class municipalities. The City of General Trias, which became a city in 2016, ranked first in Economic Dynamism under the category of component cities.
For Government Efficiency, Cainta ranked first and Taytay as third under the first and second class municipalities. First time awardees Cardona and Baras from Rizal province ranked first and third, respectively under third and sixth class municipalities. Antipolo City got third among component cities.
For Infrastructure, Taytay, Cainta and Angono were in the top three among first and second class municipalities while Antipolo City topped the component cities.
Under the pillar of Resiliency, Cainta, Rizal topped among first and second class municipalities while Carmona, Cavite ranked third. Meanwhile, General Trias, Cavite ranked third among component cities.
Finally, Rizal, Laguna was awarded as the third most improved municipality under categories of third and sixth class municipalities.
The National Competitiveness Council confers the annual competitiveness awards to LGUs to encourage them to innovate and improve systems and procedures, to attract more investments and generate employment opportunities.
Myke Lavadia, NEDA Region IV-A | Wednesday, August 23, 2017