Seven local government units (LGUs) in Bicol were awarded with plaques of commendation during the Regional Development Council meeting last September 7, 2018, for making it to the Top 20 in Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) survey in 2018.
The CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities based on an overall competitiveness score which is the sum of scores on four main pillars: (a) economic dynamism; (b) government efficiency; (c) infrastructure; and (d) resiliency. Scores in each sub-indicator are determined by the values and completeness of the actual data submitted by the LGUs. The higher the score of a city or municipality, the more competitive it is.
Legazpi City was awarded as the Most Competitive Component City in the Philippines in 2018. It is also first in infrastructure, second in economic dynamism, 14th in government efficiency, and 16th in resiliency.
Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal receives the Plaque of Commendation from RDC Chairperson Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara. With them are RDC Vice Chairperson RD Agnes Tolentino of NEDA Region 5, and Bicol Competitiveness Committee Chairperson RD Joy Blanco of DTI Region 5.
Naga City remains as the second Most Competitive Component City. It also ranked first in economic dynamism, second in infrastructure, sixth in resiliency, and ninth in government efficiency. Iriga City is the ninth Most Competitive Component City, fourth in resiliency, 10th in government efficiency, 13th in infrastructure, 16th in economic dynamism, and 10 th most improved component city in 2018, while Tabaco City was recognized as 11th Most Improved Component City in 2018.
From left to right: Bicol RDC Chairperson, Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara with Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi City, Acting Mayor Nestor San Pablo of Tabaco City, Mayor Tomas Bongalonta, Jr. of Pili, Camarines Sur, Ms. Rosemarie Cuidadano of Naga City, Mayor Josephine Alcantara of Donsol, Sorsogon, RD Jocelyn Blanco of DTI Region 5, and RD Agnes Tolentino of NEDA Region 5.
Among the first and second class municipalities, Polangui, Albay ranked second Most Competitive in government efficiency, while Pili, Camarines Sur as sixth Most Competitive in economic dynamism. Donsol, Sorsogon, on the other hand, is 18th most improved municipality among the third to sixth class municipalities.
Acting Mayor Noli Samlero of Polangui, Albay received the Plaque of Commendation
Representatives of Iriga City, headed by Arch. Sofronio Sonny Magestrado during the awarding of Plaque of Commendation, with RDC Chairperson Bichara, Director Tolentino, and Dir. Elouisa Pastor of DILG Region 5 (2nd to the left).
The RDC acknowledges the exemplary accomplishments of the LGUs to encourage other local chief executives to improve competitiveness, thus, contribute to the achievement of AmBisyon Natin 2040 vision of a Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay para sa Lahat.