Davao is fifth most competitive city

Subscribe Now July 21, 2015 at 11:45am

DAVAO City is now ranked as the fifth most competitive highly urbanized city, one place lower than last year's record, based on the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) ranking on the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2015.

"For as long as we are in the top 10, there's nothing to worry. Anyway, it's just ratings," Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said during the groundbreaking of the Alson's Northtown Public Safety Complex in Cabantian last Friday.

Duterte said the fall of one place in national competitiveness ranking does not mean that the city is less business-friendly.

Davao City registered an overall score of 46.8. It also ranked ninth on economic dynamism compared to last year's 11th place, fifth in government efficiency compared to last year's 13th place, and seventh in infrastructure compared to last year's first place.

Davao is behind Manila City (first), Makati City (second), Cebu City (third), and Quezon City (fourth).

Cagayan de Oro City also dropped to sixth from last year's second place.

Based on the framework of the index, the local government units (LGUs) were ranked based on economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure pillars.

The CMCI 2015 ranked 142 cities and 978 municipalities throughout the country. This is up from last year's 136 cities and 399 municipalities.

The regional Competitiveness Summit recorded 122 cities and 163 municipalities in its pilot run last 2013.

"This year's 142 cities and 978 municipalities out of a total of 1,634 localities is a 68 percent national coverage versus only 17 percent coverage in the first year of the program, and 33 percent in the second year," read the NCC statement in a report.

Meanwhile, the province of Davao del Sur was recognized as the most competitive province in the country, followed by Misamis Oriental (2), Cebu in Central Visayas (3), South Cotabato (4) and Zamboanga del Sur (5).

The Most Competitive Provinces is a new category where the ranking is based on population and income weighted average of the LGUs covered.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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