ZAMBOANGA City has been adjudged first place as the “Most Improved Local Government Unit (LGU)” among the 33 highly urbanized cities in the country by the National Competitive Council (NCC).
The city has also been ranked fourth placer in “Resiliency for Highly Urbanized Cities.”
Among 145 cities nationwide, Zamboanga City ranked 16th in “Overall Competitiveness” category, and 19th placer in terms of infrastructure projects.
The City Hall Information Office said the award was conferred during the 5th Regional Competitive Summit held last week at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
It said these awards were anchored on the “Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index,” an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities based on competitiveness framework developed by Michael Porter, which is being used in a number of global surveys on competitiveness.
The most competitive and improved LGU is awarded based on such indicators or measurements as economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.
The NCC is a public-private sector organization in the Philippines with a mandate to promote and develop national competitiveness strategies and push for the implementation of the Action Agenda of Competitiveness and link it to the Philippine Development Plan.
The NCC is specifically directed to measure performance and provide recommendations on agri-trade logistics, anti-corruption, budget transparency, business permits and licensing system, education and human resource development, information and communication technology governance, infrastructure, judicial system, national quality infrastructure, national single window, performance government system, and power and energy services.
It is chaired by Department Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopes with Guillermo Luz, a private sector representative, as vice-chairperson. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)