COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) will include selected local government units (LGUs) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in its annual Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) survey this year, a regional official announced on Wednesday.
The CMCI ranks Philippine cities and municipalities based on 28 indicators that are grouped into three equally-weighed pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency and Infrastructure. The combined score on each pillar will determine the their ranking of LGUs.
Assistant Secretary Abubacar Datumanong of the Department of Trade and Industry-ARMM, said it is the first time for the NCC to include LGUs from the region in its survey.
Datumanong said the region’s two component cities – Marawi and Lamitan – and 43 municipalities will undergo the survey.
“Anytime ngayong April magsisimula na ang survey at series of orientations para sa mga napiling LGUs [Anytime this April, the survey and series of orientations will start for the selected LGUs]” he said.
The index was developed by the NCC in 2012.
ARMM has organized a Regional Competitiveness Committee, chaired by the region’s Department of Trade and Industry office, to spearhead the CMCI survey. An academic institution selected through bidding will undertake the actual survey.
“I am not so sure kung makakapasok ang LGUs natin sa ano mang rank. Ang importante dito ay nasali na tayo sa survey,” Datumanong said.
Datumanong encouraged LGU officials to support the project, which will be completed before May 15.