SAN FERNANDO CITY, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office 1 virtually staged the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index Recognition (CMCI) Ceremony on Monday to recognize the exemplary efforts of the local government units (LGU) in the Ilocos Region.
CMCI is an actual ranking of the competitive cities and municipalities in the Philippines based on their economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency.
According to DTI Regional Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan, "Local competitiveness is how a city or municipality knows its resources and how it uses these to improve the standards of living."
The City of San Fernando in La Union was named as the most competitive among the component cities of the region, while Dagupan City, Pangasinan landed on 2nd place and Laoag City, Ilocos Norte on 3rd place.
Under the 1st to 2nd class municipalities category, Agoo in La Union bagged the overall competitive award; followed by Bauang, La Union on the 2nd spot; and Calasiao, Pangasinan on the 3rd spot.
Among the 3rd to 4th class towns, the municipality of Bantay, Ilocos Sur is the most competitive; Tayug, Pangasinan as the 2nd best, and Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur as the 3rd best.
Sta. Catalina, Ilocos Sur on the other hand, is the most competitive municipality under the 5th to 6th class level, followed by San Vicente, Ilocos Sur on 2nd place and Pugo, La Union coming in 3rd.
Further, the Province of La Union was hailed as the most competitive province in the Ilocos. Its top three greatest score contributors are San Fernando City and the municipalities of Balaoan and Bauang.
DTI also announced the LGUs which had gained slots on the national ranking.
Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur was named as the 1st most resilient among all the 3rd to 4th class municipalities in the country; while San Esteban, Ilocos Sur ranked 9th nationwide under the government efficiency pillar of 5th to 6th class municipality level.
Baluyan thanked the LGUs for their active participation in the CMCI since it started years ago.
"We are happy to know that in the last five years, all our cities and municipalities have been participating in the CMCI. We thank the municipalities and cities for the timely submission of data entry for the CMCI," she said.
The regional director also expressed the vision of the region to be on top of the competitive index in the country for the next calendar year.
She said, "Last year, we set the target for reducing the number of LGUs in the bottom rank, and we succeeded. We still retain our goal of elevating the level of competitiveness of the region by having no LGUs in the bottom rankings."
"Hopefully in 2022, all our LGUs will be on the top or best ranks," she stated. (JCR/VHS/CGC, PIA La Union)