Davao City drops from 4th place in list of most competitive areas

DAVAO City slipped by one place from the last year’s ranking as the fourth most competitive highly urbanized city in the country, the Cities and Municipalities Index 2015 of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) bared.

In a report of NCC, the city ranked fifth with an overall score of 46.8 while the fourth most competitive highly urbanized city is now Quezon City. Manila City is the most competitive highly urbanized city followed by the cities of Makati and Cebu.

Cagayan de Oro City continued to be in the top 10 list but its ranking also dropped from being second last year to sixth this year. The local government units (LGUs) were scored based on their competitiveness on economic dynamism, infrastructure and governance.

Davao City ranked ninth this year on economic dynamism, fifth in government efficiency and seventh in infrastructure.

In a national report, economic dynamism was scored based on the LGU’s size and growth of the local economy while the government efficiency was measured based on the data on transparency scores, economic governance scores, local taxes and revenues, local competition-related awards, business registration efficiency, investment promotion, compliance to national directives, security, education and health.

Infrastructure index was based on the data on the existing roads, distance from the city center to major ports, health infrastructure, education facilities, basic utilities, infrastructure investments, information and communication technology connection, among others.

While the Davao City’s ranking this year dropped this year, Davao del Sur managed to bag the top award as the most competitive province in the country. This is a new category where the scoring was calculated, based on the population and income weighted average of the LGUs covered.

Davao del Sur was followed by Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao and Cebu in Central Visayas. South Cotabato and Zamboanga del Sur ranked fourth and fifth competitive province in the country, respectively.

The results of the Cities and Municipalities Index 2015 of the NCC were bared Thursday during the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit at Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

“We started this three years ago because we wanted to measure LGU competitiveness. We believe cities and municipalities are regional growth engines and building blocks of national competitiveness,” Guillermo M. Luz, private sector co-chair of NCC, said.

This year, Luz said there are 1,120 LGUs that submitted the necessary data for the Cities and Municipalities Index 2015 of the NCC. “The quest for competitiveness is neither easy nor quick. But the collaborative process will make it less difficult and time-consuming,” he said.

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