RDC 7 awards Central Visayas LGUs in top 10 of competitiveness ranking

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Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto (2nd from left) accepts the award for Tagbilaran City, which placed eighth in the overall competitiveness category for component cities.

The Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) awarded 17 local government units (LGUs) in the region for landing in the top 10 of their respective categories in the 2018 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) survey.

Representatives of the winning LGUs received their awards from RDC 7 Chairperson Kenneth Cobonpue, RDC 7 Vice Chairperson and NEDA Regional Office 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon, and Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto. The awarding was held last 14 December 2018 during the 4th Quarter Full Council Meeting of the RDC 7.

The awardees were:

The 17 LGUs were among the 1,508 participating LGUs (33 HUCs, 112 independent component and component cities, 489 1st to 2nd class municipalities, and 874 3rd to 6th class municipalities) that were ranked.

The CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.

The CMCI ranks LGUs on their competitiveness based on an overall competitiveness score derived from the scores on three main pillars—economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure. An LGU is considered mst improved when it has improved several notches from its ranking in the previous year. The higher the score of an LGU, the more competitive it is.

Economic dynamism refers to the activities that create stable expansion of business and industries and higher employment. This serves as a gauge of an LGU’s productivity and is the combination of the entrepreneurial spirit and the financial institutions that will channel dynamism. Government efficiency refers to the quality and reliability of government services and support for effective and sustainable productive expansion. These services could include education, health, security, and social protection. Infrastructure refers to the physical building blocks that connect, expand, and sustain a locality and its surroundings to enable the provision of goods and services. Resiliency refers to an LGU’s capacity to facilitate businesses and industries to create jobs, raise productivity, and increase the incomes of citizens over time despite of the shocks and stresses it encounters.