8 Mindanao areas included in list of competitive LGUs

EIGHT AREAS in Mindanao stood out in the list of competitive cities and municipalities in the country, data from the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines (NCCP) bared.

 Among those in the top 10 competitive highly urbanized cities include Davao City at the third spot and Cagayan de Oro that ranked 10th.  Davao City improved from placing fifth last year while Cagayan de Oro dropped from seventh place.

 Those in the top 10 component cities are Tagum City that ranked third and Cotabato City at the ninth spot.

 In the first and second municipalities, Isulan in Sultan Kudarat placed at the fifth spot while Polomolok in South Cotabato stood at the seventh place. Calamba and Jimenez, both in Misamis Occidental, ranked ninth and tenth, respectively as among the competitive third and sixth class municipalities.

 The top ranking cities and municipalities were awarded by the NCCP on Wednesday during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit at Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

 “Rankings of cities and municipalities are based on the sum of their scores on the four pillars,” NCCP said in a statement. Among those pillars include economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure and resiliency.

 Resiliency is the council’s newest pillar in measuring competitiveness.

 “Provincial rankings are based on population and income weighted average of the overall scores of cities and municipalities under a province,” NCCP added.

 The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is an annual ranking of cities and municipalities developed by the NCCP through the Regional Competitiveness Committees with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development. The council started to rank the different areas in the country in 2013.

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