Attendees/participants of the Second Semester 2021 CALABARZON Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC) Meeting via videoconference on December 21 posed for a virtual photo-opportunity. The Meeting was presided by RCC Chairperson and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region IV-A Director Marilou Quinco-Toledo (upper left hand corner).

The CALABARZON Region garnered a total of 18 awards during the 9th Regional Competitiveness (RC) Summit held on December 14, 2021 via virtual conference. Rizal Province was awarded as the Most Competitive Province, Cainta, Rizal as the Most Competitive Municipality (1st and 2nd class municipalities category), and Antipolo City as the 2nd Most Competitive Component City.

Other local government units (LGUs) awarded in the RC Summit were: Trece Martires, Carmona, and Mendez from Cavite Province; and San Mateo and Taytay from Rizal Province. CALABARZON Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC) Chairperson and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region IV-A Director Marilou Quinco-Toledo reported that CALABARZON received the most number of awards followed by NCR and Region XI with a total of 11 awards for each region in the 2021 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) ranking.

CALABARZON has consistently performed as the most awarded region in the CMCI since 2013. The CMCI is an annual ranking developed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) through the RC Committees to promote competitiveness among LGUs under four pillars, namely: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.

Benjamin Jose G. Bautista, NEDA Region IV-A | December 27, 2021