Participants from the local government units of Region 02 attend the CMCI 2019 Survey Orientation held in Santiago City on 26 March.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG) in Region 2, conducted an orientation on the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) Survey on 26 March in Santiago City, Isabela and on 21 March in Basco, Batanes.  Over 200 participants representing the local government units (LGUs) of Region 2 attended the two activities.

This is the second consecutive year that DTI is holding an orientation on the CMCI Survey that is conducted annually.  The Orientation activities are meant to deepen the appreciation of the LGUs of the CMCI Survey and encourage them to ensure that the Local Data Capture Sheets (LDCS) that they will be submitting are updated, accurate and completely filled up.  These LDCS, once validated, are the sole basis in assessing the LGUs competitive rankings on the index.

As DTI Regional Director Ruben B. Diciano mentioned in his opening remarks in the Orientation conducted in Santiago City, “the competitiveness of Local Government Units is one of the enabling factors in generating investments and other opportunities.  The more competitive an LGU is, the more it becomes attractive to economic players who can potentially bring in more resources to the locality.”

The CMCI Survey is the official ranking scheme adopted by the government, specifically the National Competitiveness Council and DTI. It is a comprehensive assessment of the factors affecting LGU competitiveness covering four equally important pillars – Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency.

In 2018, the Municipality of Allacapan, Cagayan emerged as the 5th over-all Most Competitive among 874 participating LGUs in the 3rd to 6th class municipality category.  It ranked up three notches from its 8th place in the 2017 CMCI Survey, solidifying its performance in the top 1% of its category.  Other notable citations in 2018 include the City of Ilagan in Isabela ranking 19th over-all most competitive among component cities in the Philippines while Cauayan City, Isabela ranked 7th among the Most Improved Local Government Units.

DTI has high hopes that the conduct of the CMCI Orientation will help the LGUs rank up in this year’s CMCI survey results.