BENGUET was hailed most competitive among all provinces in the region in the concluded Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI).
The Regional Competitiveness Council (RCC) conducted the survey among 72 participating provinces with Benguet ranking 26th with a score of 34.1886 in the national level followed by Kalinga at 37th place with 33.4440 and Abra placing 43 with 32.7821.
Marina Saldana of the National Competitiveness Council Philippines (NCC) advocated local government units to participate in the survey which started in 2013 which aims to put incentive to efforts of areas to simplify government processes creating a customer friendly environment.
Pillars of the awards are anchored on economic dynamism which seeks to nurture entrepreneurial spirit and the financial institutions which channel dynamism, government efficiency which gauges the quality and reliability of government services and support for expansion, infrastructure which assess buildings blocks which connect, expand and sustain a locality and its surroundings to enable the provision of goods and services and resiliency which focuses on the ability to sustain business and industries to create jobs raise production and increase income citizens.
Special awards went to Kabayan, Benguet with the Early Bird plum, Best in Documentation went to Bontoc, Mt. Province while Paracelis, also from Mt. Province got the best CMCI point person award for the work of Alexandria Chorawan while the most improved local government unit award went to Kibungan, Benguet.
For areas included in the top 25 levels, recognition was given to La Trinidad and Buguias in Benguet, Bontoc and Tadian in Mt. Province, Lamut in Ifugao, and Sta. Marcela in Apayao, for the 3rd to 6th class municipalities which were pitted over 800 areas and Baguio City, under highly urbanized cities with 33 other areas.
Myrna Pablo, RCC-Cordillera chairperson and regional director of the Cordillera office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), commended the 75 municipalities and 2 cities for their 100 percent participation in this year’s competitiveness rankings which illustrates the desire of local officials to sustain the improvement of their performances in the 4 pillars set by the National Competitiveness Council in judging the competitiveness of local governments.
Pablo said during the first edition of the competitiveness ranking of local governments, there were only 6 LGUs from the region that participated in before it increased to 14 LGUs in 2014 followed by 45 LGUs in 2015, and increasing to 56 LGUs last year. (With PR)