Pampanga LGUs among most competitive

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Sunday, August 10, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Lubao town and the cities of Angeles and San Fernando got high places in the National Competitiveness Council (NCC)'s 2014 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index or CMCI.

The CMCI 2014 featured a record number of 136 cities and 399 municipalities, up from 122 cities and 163 municipalities in the pilot run in 2013.

Lubao, the hometown of Governor Lilia Pineda and headed by Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, ranked sixth with a score of 40.099363 in the list of the most competitive municipalities in the country.

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Daet in Camarines Norte tops the roster (43.239109), which includes General Trias, Cavite; Kalibo, Aklan; Carmona, Cavite; Nabunturan, Compostela Valley; Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; Polomolok, South Cotabato; Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; and Taytay, Rizal.

Garnering a score of 21.117397, Angeles City, headed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, is third in the top 10 cities for Government Efficiency spearheaded by Naga (24.365157), and eight for Infrastructure with a score of 12.62889, the roster top billed by Davao City (16.29022).

The City of San Fernando, led by Mayor Edwin Santiago, meanwhile, ranked seventh for Government Efficiency with a score of 20.218451.

The top 10 most competitive cities are Makati, Cagayan de Oro, Naga, Davao, Marikina, Iloilo, Cebu, Manila, Valenzuela, and Parañaque.

Conferred last Thursday during the Regional Competitiveness Summit 2014, the CMCI measures competitiveness at the local government level using 28 indicators grouped into three equally-weighted pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. Scores on each pillar were combined to form the overall score used to rank cities and municipalities.

The CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the NCC through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAid).

The rankings are based on data collected and submitted by the RCCs.

Scores are determined by the values of the actual data, as well as the completeness of the submitted data. The higher the score of a city or municipality, the more competitive it is. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 11, 2014.

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