DAVAO CITY: North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza was elated over the recognition of the towns of Kabacan and Midsayap as among the most competitive local government units in the Philippines.
Mendoza said the inclusion of the two towns in the 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is “a recognition of our collective efforts to deliver sustainable development and progress to the people.”
The index is an annual ranking of 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.
Board Member Shirlyn Macasarte said the ability of the towns to deliver services to the public has been made possible because of the all-out support of the provincial government to the programs of the local government units.
She noted that local budgets are almost not enough to meet the demands of infrastructure and other development projects.
Both Kabacan and Midsayap are first class municipalities and inhabited mostly by Ilocanos. The towns are the province’s top rice producers. And, both towns also had their own experiences of bomb attacks in the past.
Meanwhile, the Overall Most Competitive Municipality award was given to the Municipality of General Trias in Cavite.
The awarding rites were held during the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit held on July 16, 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Reception Hall in Pasay City.
Based on the framework of the index, these local government units were ranked based on three pillars, namely; economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure.
For the infrastructure pillar for the Component Cities Category, Dasmarinas City, Cavite bagged second place while Naga City was in first place.
Imus City, meanwhile, garnered third place in the Overall Most Competitive Cities under the Component Cities Category.