Pampanga towns tops in dynamism, efficiency

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Saturday, April 26, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Guagua and Mexico in Pampanga and were among the 10 towns cited for their economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

Out of 163 participating municipalities in the 2013 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) nationwide, Guagua placed second and Mexico seventh, the two towns additionally being noted by the NCC as "friendliest places to conduct business."

NCC Program Officer Marina Saldana said the towns were evaluated on three factors: economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.

"We rank local government units based on reports they submit which particularly show new and existing business registrations, capital of registered businesses, lowest electricity and water rates, and fastest time processing of business and construction permits among others," Saldana said.

Aside from its overall placement, Guagua likewise received a special citation for being fourth in terms of infrastructure development.

CMCI is a data gathering and validation model that aims to strategically make cities and municipalities more competitive vis-à-vis selected Southeast Asian cities.

It also develops a template of standard indicators as a tool for local government units to evaluate its competitiveness and improve its performance and attractiveness for investments.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 27, 2014.

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