Mayor says city seeking ways to improve competitive list ranking

MAYOR Sara Duterte-Carpio said they will look into measures undertaken by the other top two local government units in the list of competitive cities in the country.

Davao City followed Manila and Quezon City in the Highly Urbanized City Category in the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index Awards given by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

However, the city bagged the top spot in the Resilience Pillar Awards given by the council at the Cities and Municipalities Awards at CPP Complex in Manila last Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The mayor said this achievement of the city is primarily attributed to the private sector’s support to the programs implemented by the city government.  “Because the government programs and projects is the response of the local government to the needs of the private sector,” Duterte-Carpio said.

The city mayor said, however, that even with the award given by NCC, the city government is not resting on its laurels. “We are happy with the performance of Davao City in the National Competitiveness Council award but of course there are still rooms for improvement because we are only in third.”

“We are looking into the other cities that are in the first and second places on what they are doing that we can replicate here in the city,” Mayor Duterte said.

Davao City sitting on third place showed an improvement from the fifth place finish in last year. The recent assessment by the council showed that the city was able to improve in terms of economic dynamism, infrastructure, and resiliency, which are all indicators of NCC’s competitive measurement for cities and municipalities.

This will be the second year that Davao City has been given an award as the most competitive city outside Metro Manila.

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