The Department of Trade and Industry-Cordillera Administrative Region (DTI-CAR) conducted the last of a series of workshops (one per province) on the Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) for the City and Municipal Point Persons of Baguio City and Benguet Province.  This was held simultaneously at the DTI-CAR Regional Office and Zoom Online Meeting Conference on 1 June 2021.

DTI-CAR CMCI workshop simultaneously held in the office and online via Zoom

The 20 participants assessed and reviewed the competitiveness performance of their respective local government units (LGUs). Based on the assessments and discussions, the group also conducted a short planning session on how to improve their CMCI rankings.

In 2020, 77 entries were submitted from the Region. For the Provincial Category, Benguet landed in 10th place followed by Ifugao and Kalinga in the 54th and 61st place respectively.

The CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.

Cities and municipalities are ranked based on their performance under each pillar. The overall competitiveness score is the sum of scores on four main pillars which pool data from several sub-indicators. The four main pillars are economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency. Scores are determined by the values of the data entries after they have been checked and validated by the Regional Competitiveness Committee-CAR and a third party. The higher the score of a city or municipality, the more competitive it is.

For 2021, DTI hopes that more of our cities and municipalities will reach top rankings.

Date of Release: 4 June 2021