The city of Manila has dislodged Makati City as the country’s most competitive city.
Based on the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), Manila was rated the most competitive highly urbanized city, a distinction held by Makati City – the country’s financial district. Manila was ahead by 0.55 points, receiving 54.96 points while Makati got 54.41 points.
Cebu City placed third.
The scores were based on the performance of cities in terms of economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure where Manila consistently scored high.
Manila topped other highly urbanized cities in terms of infrastructure with 17.72 points. Makati, on the other hand, ranked sixth in the infrastructure pillar.
“It’s a data-driven exercise. We are collecting data. We’re not getting a vote from a board of judges. We don’t survey anybody,” National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Co-Chairman Guillermo M. Luz said.
The Index covered 142 cities and 978 municipalities.
Among First to Second Class municipalities, General Trias, Cavite province was adjudged the most competitive. Santa Maria, Bulacan was second and Taytay, Rizal, third.
Overall, the most competitive cities under the Component Cities Category are Naga, Camarines Sur, San Fernando, Pampanga and Imus, Cavite.
Among the 978 participating municipalities, Mambajao, Camuigin received the most number of recogni¬tions with three awards. Of all the cities, Naga got the most with four recognitions.