CEBU City has been named the most competitive city outside the National Capital Region (NCR) because of the dynamism of its local economy.

Cebu City bested 28 other cities outside Metropolitan Manila in the competitiveness listing drawn by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center (APC), Business World reported recently.

Of the top 10 cities named by APC, Cebu City topped Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Tacloban, San Fernando in La Union, Ormoc, Bacolod, Zamboanga City and Puerto Prinsesa.

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In terms of dynamism of the local economy and infrastructure, Business World reported that Cebu City was named most competitive city under the metropolitan growth center bracket, beating Davao.

For the selection of the most competitive city, APC used different indicators to measure the city’s local economy, dynamism, responsiveness to business needs, infrastructure, quality of life, cost of doing business and human resources.

The selection by APC was also based on their 2008 data and last year’s survey of 60 entrepreneurs in every city.

When asked to comment, former mayor and now Cebu City 2nd district Rep. Tomas Osmeña said the ranking was expected.

Austere Panadero, undersecretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government Unit, said the agency is studying the giving of rewards to top performing cities.

Panadero said top local governments might be given more power to appoint officials for the school system or treasury. He said other rewards might also be granted but they are still formulating guidelines, which he said would be ready within the month.