Oro bullish on most competitive cities index

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DESPITE the city dropping down from last year’s top rank and now only second to Makati City in this year’s cities and municipalities competitiveness index (CMCI), the Cagayan de Oro City Government remains bullish on competing to propel the city’s growth.

“We do not mind competing side by side Makati City,” Mayor Oscar Moreno said during Monday’s convocation program at the city hall.

Moreno sees it as a pride to compete with the top cities in the Philippines.


According to him, the top 10 consists of Metro Manila cities mostly from Luzon.

Also, being ranked higher than the booming cities of Davao and Cebu is already a pride in itself.

“Actually, that is what competitiveness is about, competing with the top and most successful cities. We should be grateful that we are competing with the great ones rather than ‘so-so.’ Second place is not so bad. But we always want to push further for future recognitions like this,” he furthered.

The city made it to the top list of the Philippine’s most competitive cities in 2014 with a score of 49.36 percent after Makati’s 53.24 percent.

“We were nervous because the NCC [National Competitiveness Council] called and told us ‘you will be happy’ but refused to tell us what the results were,” said Moreno.

Last week, Moreno and other City Government officials made an appearance during the Regional Competitiveness Summit 2014 held at the Philippine Convention Center in Manila.

Cagayan de Oro also ranked 9th in economic dynamism, 2nd in infrastructure and 5th in government efficiency.

The study was conducted by the 15 Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCC) all over the country.

The RCC was tasked to collate data from local government units (LGUs) to generate a city and municipality competitiveness index.

In 2013, 285 LGUs were ranked. To strengthen the index, 530 were ranked for the CMCI this year.

According to Local Economic and Investment Promotions officer Eileen San Juan, Cagayan de Oro city’s lapses that caused it to drop second in this year’s CMCI are yet to be distinguished.

“NCC did not disclose the reasons. But one of these days, we will be sitting down with the head of the local sectors such as DTI and DOT, to determine what are CdeO’s strengths and weaknesses. So that we can also do something about it,” San Juan said.

“Reasons for being ranked higher than Cebu and Davao were not disclosed by NCC too, but the two cities are doing well given their own performances in their own sectors. This does not always mean that we are better. Competitive pa rin,” she added.

Moreno said the drop is due to bad roads. “It could also be that the search for this year consists of many cities more than last year. Given the bombing incident last year, the city is still lucky to be in the top.

“There is nothing to be ashamed of in this award. We are very grateful and proud. Ipaubaya muna natin ang top 1 sa Makati,” he said.

The NCC’s official website listed down the basis for the ranking.

For economic dynamism, scores were based on data of the size and growth of the local economy through business registrations, capital, revenues and occupancy permits, cost of living, cost of putting up businesses, financial deepening, productivity, capacity to generate employment, and presence of business and professional organizations.

Ranking for government efficiency was based on transparency, economic governance, local taxes and revenues, local competition related awards, efficiency of business registration, investment promotion, compliance to orders from the national government, health and education.

The Infrastructure ranking was based on data of existing road networks, distance from cities and municipalities to major ports, DOT accredited accommodations, hospitals and health centers, classroom and school buildings, basic utilities, infrastructure investments, ICT connection, ATM’s and public transportation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 12, 2014.

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