Naga adjudged: ‘Overall Most Competitive Component City for 2020’
By Jason B. Neola
Naga City in the Bicol region was adjudged in the 9th Regional Competitive Summit as the country’s Overall Most Competitive Component City for year 2020.
The news was released by the central office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday, Dec. 14, via virtual conference with different local government units (LGUs) in the country.
Based on the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI), Naga City was ranked Top 1 in Infrastructure Provision, Top 2 in Economic Dynamism, Top 3 in Government Efficiency, and Top 3 in Resiliency.
There are five competitiveness ranking categories for participating LGUs: The 3rd to 6th Class Municipalities, the 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, the Component Cities, the Highly Urbanized Cities, and the Provinces.
The CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council through the Regional Competitiveness Committees with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.
Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure Provision, and Resiliency are the four convergent pillars upon which LGUs in the country are ranked.
The Index can be used as a diagnostic tool by local officials to assess the competitiveness of their city or municipality and identify areas for improvement and collaboration.
Mayor Nelson Legacion said the impressive score obtained by the city will serve as stimulant for his administration to keep on finding ways to better serve the Nagueños. “We will not rest on these laurels,” he said.
“I would like to emphasize also that the conferment of such title [overall most competitive component city] to our city is a confirmation that we are on the right path and heading towards the right direction of governance,” he said.
He said the competitiveness ranking or the evaluation of the LGU’s performance covered the year 2020, the period when the city was at the height of battling the Covid-19. Aside from the pandemic, the city was also experiencing difficulties then brought about by typhoons Quinta, Rolly (the most powerful storm recorded worldwide in 2020), and Ulysses.
“But the resilient character of the city was even more strengthened and galvanized by our partner entities that aided us in bringing back the normalcy in our city in a very short span of time,” Legacion said.