Cebu towns, cities out of top 50 NCC ranking

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NO CITY or municipality in Cebu made it to last year’s top 50 ranking in the National Competitiveness Council’s (NCC) Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index.

Cebu City ranked 57th among 122 cities evaluated nationwide, NCC program officer Marina Saldaña said in her presentation during the agency’s roadshow held in Harolds Hotel in Cebu City.

Mandaue City placed 93rd followed by another city in Cebu, the City of Naga, which placed 108th.


The result was the first competitiveness index developed by NCC together with the Regional Competitiveness Committees and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The rankings were released last year.

Saldaña said Cebu’s cities and municipalities lagged in the competitiveness index because many did not provide NCC the required data. She said not all indicators during the survey were filled out by LGUs.

If an LGU failed to submit one indicator, Saldaña said it would significantly affect its ranking. She said no LGU filled out all the required indicators when it conducted the data gathering nationwide.

Data collection

No city and municipality in Central Visayas made it to the top 10.

Saldaña is calling on to the LGUs of Cebu and Region 7 “to submit quality and complete data to ensure that their localities are represented accurately in the index.”

She said in her presentation that LGUs can appoint a designated person to facilitate in the data collection process.

NCC’s Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index operates within three frameworks, with each framework having 10 indicators. The frameworks include economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure.

Topping the “overall” Competitive Index under the city category is Cagayan de Oro City while for the municipality, the town of San Francisco in Agusan del Sur ranked first.

For “economic dynamism,” which is measured by local inflation rate, growth of annual business registrations, local productivity, and seven other indicators, Quezon City bagged the first place under the city category and the town of Calasiao in Pangasinan for the municipality category.

The City of Naga in Cebu ranked 36th, Toledo City ranked 62nd, while Cebu City ranked 72nd under the economic dynamism framework.

For “government efficiency,” Iloilo City and the municipality of Kabugao in the province of Apayao ranked first. Government efficiency is measured by the presence of an investment promotion unit, local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) plan and eight other indicators. Cebu City ranked 87th for government efficiency while Lapu Lapu City is on the 90th spot.

Remote areas

Under the “infrastructure” category, Naga City in Camarines Sur and the municipality of Daet in Camarines Norte topped the ranking. Cebu City ranked 31st, Mandaue City ranked 48th and Lapu Lapu City ranked 78th. In the municipality category, Balamban ranked 80th and Consolascion at 98th.

In an interview on the ranking, Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado said Cebu’s ranking, particularly that of Consolacion, for the index was “not well-disseminated.”

“It’s ironic (that) those who topped are in the remote areas,” she said.

The mayor said Consolascion is a fast-growing area, citing the town’s thriving commercial and industrial activities and the growth of its revenues for 2013 and 2014 which she said have “doubled” now.

With her attendance in the NCC roadshow yesterday, Alegado said the town will be more active in its participation of NCC’s competitiveness index so that they can rank higher.

Consolascion ranks 118th on the “overall” competitiveness index out of the 163 municipalities surveyed, 128th on economic dynamism and 110th on government efficiency.

Saldaña, meanwhile, said NCC is closely coordinating with the Department of Interior and Local Government so that LGUs can be more represented in the competitiveness index.


The competitiveness index of cities and municipalities will help local governments attract investors, Saldaña said.

“In the local level, we want to instill a culture of competitiveness,” she said. She said, however, that the result of the competitiveness index should not be viewed as a form of competition among cities and municipalities. Rather, good rankings should serve as an encouragement for investors to invest in their localities, she said.

For the 2014 competitiveness results, the ranking will be released in July in time with the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno S. Aquino III. NCC gathering data for that ranking.

NCC is a public-private sector body tasked to build the long-term competitiveness of the Philippines. It benchmarks against key global competitiveness indices, maps each indicator to the agency responsible, and links work to the Philippine Development Plan, national budget, Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council and Cabinet agenda, among its other functions.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 12, 2014.


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