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EDITORIAL: Model for Competitiveness

NAGA City, the Heart of Bicol, has once again emerged as the undisputed champion in the realm of competitiveness, securing the title of “Overall Most Competitive Component City” for the third consecutive year, spanning from 2021 to 2023.

This remarkable feat, celebrated at the recent Philippine Creative Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Congress on September 28, 2023, is not just a local triumph but a testament to visionary leadership, dedicated governance, and unwavering commitment to progress.

Under the dynamic stewardship of Mayor Nelson Legacion and Vice Mayor Cecilia de Asis, Naga City has evolved into a shining beacon of competitiveness.

The prestigious accolade, bestowed by the National Competitiveness Council and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), reflects a city committed to excellence in every facet of urban life.

Naga City’s impressive victory this year was punctuated by its consistent excellence across key categories. It retained its first-place ranking in Innovation and Infrastructure, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to technological advancement and the development of critical urban infrastructure.

In the Resiliency category, Naga City secured the second position, a testament to its fortitude and preparedness in the face of challenges. Furthermore, the city climbed to the fourth place in Economic Dynamism, a remarkable ascent from its sixth-place standing in 2022. Equally impressive is Naga’s surge in Government Efficiency, jumping from the 14th place in 2022 to a commendable fifth place in 2023.

Mayor Nelson Legacion, in his impassioned address, underscored the city government’s unwavering dedication to delivering top-tier public services to the people of Naga.

His words, “This achievement significantly demonstrates how serious the city government is under my leadership and supervision in its effort to provide the Nagueños with quality public service,” encapsulate the city’s resolute commitment to its citizens. It stands as a testament to nurturing, empowering, and promoting good governance to ensure a brighter future for all.

The credit for Naga City’s remarkable achievements extends beyond the city hall. It is a testament to the tireless efforts of city officials, dedicated co-workers in the city government, and the invaluable support from various development allies in both the public and private sectors.

This collaborative approach has proven to be a winning formula for Naga’s continued success.

Naga City’s status as the Overall Most Competitive Component City serves as a shining example for municipalities and cities across the Philippines. It underscores the power of collaborative leadership, innovation, and a shared vision for prosperity.

Naga’s journey is not just a local achievement; it’s a national inspiration. It reminds us that when visionary leaders and communities unite in the pursuit of progress, the possibilities are boundless. Naga City has set the bar high, challenging others to follow in its footsteps on the path to a brighter, more competitive future for all.


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