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Ormoc, other EV towns top 2019 Competitiveness Index

TACLOBAN CITY – In the recent 2019 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) survey, Ormoc City ranked 11th, moving 12 notches higher, under the Most Improved Component Cities while Calbayog City ranked 9th, moving 16 notches higher.

Meanwhile, Naval, Biliran and Maasin City, Southern Leyte topped the Most Competitive local government units (LGUs) in Eastern Visayas, based on the CMCI survey.

For the pillar of Economic Dynamism, Naval ranked 13 under the 1st and 2nd Class Municipalities Category, while Maasin City ranked 19th under the Component Cities Category nationwide. 

The Department of Trade and Industry 8 also cited 7 other LGUs for being included in the Top 20 rankings of Most Improved LGUs.

For the Pillar of Infrastructure, Matag-ob, Leyte ranked 7th Most Competitive LGU under the 3rd to 6th class municipalities category.

Said recognition was given to LGUs with exemplary performance in the four pillars of the index: economic dynamism; government efficiency; infrastructure; and resiliency.

Awards were also given in 3 other categories: highly urbanized cities (HUCs), 1st and 2nd class municipalities, and 3rd to 6th class municipalities.

The Most Improved Municipalities were likewise recognized; wherein the awardees achieved higher ranks this year from their previous ranking.

For the Most Improved LGUs under the 3rd to 6th class municipalities: Palo, Leyte ranked 5th; Dolores, Eastern Samar ranked 16th; Mahaplag, Leyte ranked 17th; and Dagami, Leyte ranked 20th. 

These municipalities jumped more than 400 notches higher from last year’s results.

The CMCI is an annual ranking of different cities and municipalities in the country based on a tool developed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) with the assistance of United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The framework of the CMCI is drawn from the goal to make the country more globally competitive by measuring local competitiveness based on four major criteria: (1) Economic Dynamism, (2) Government Efficiency, (3) Infrastructure, and (4) Resiliency. This tool is positioned to empower Local Government Units (LGUs) by measuring their current level of competitiveness against global standards, identify areas for growth and development and introduce possible reforms and initiatives to further boost local competitiveness.

A total of 1,518 LGUs participated in the CMCI 2019, comprising of 33 HUCs, 112 component cities, 489 1st and 2nd class municipalities, and 884 3rd to 6th class municipalities.

DTI 8 regional director Celerina Bato expressed gratitude that more LGUs through their local chief executives are appreciating said initiative, and are seriously complying with the documentary requirements of the surveys being conducted. She also stressed the importance of the results to local and foreign investors for potential partnership with the LGUs and their development councils. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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