CAGAYAN DE ORO, March 5 (PIA) – Mambajao has been ranked highly by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), Philippines in the 2013 Overall Competitiveness Rankings as the 24th most competitive among the 163 municipalities in the whole Philippines.
In the Index Ranking per Factor, Mambajao also emerged in the Top 10 municipalities under the Infrastructure category on Selected Specific Indicators being in the 4th place in having the Fastest Time Going to the Airport from the Central Business District (CBD); 2nd place in the Fastest Time Going to the Seaports; and is in the 14th place in the highest Ratio of Hospital Beds over Total Population.
The rankings of NCC were made on the basis of an annual survey conducted to the simplified Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) compliant municipalities/cities in the country where the data collected of standard competitiveness indicators were focused on economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.
The final output of the survey was presented to the foreign dignitaries like ambassadors and attaches, business sectors, potential investors and high ranking government officials last July 31, 2013 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila.
The municipalities with high rankings in competitiveness are the priorities of existing and potential investors.
The standard indicators will also motivate LGUs to develop, maintain and manage their databases to help them assess local competitiveness as well as the business environment and can be used as basis of reforms.
In the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2011-2016, it embarks on improving the competitiveness and productivity of the Industry and Services sectors in particular and all sectors of the economy as a whole not only a national concern but a concern among various levels of governance.
The NCC was formed in October 2006 as a Public-Private Task Force on Philippine Competitiveness chaired by the DTI Secretary in the public sector and presently co-chaired by the EVP and COO of the Ayala Foundation, Mr Guillermo Luz representing the private sector by virtue of Presidential Executive Order (EO) No. 571 to address the improvement of the country’s competitiveness vis-à-vis the ASEAN cities.
In Northern Mindanao, the Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-10) aims to position the region to highest level of competitiveness not only with other regions but also nationally and globally by mainstreaming competitiveness into its regional and sectoral development agenda.
The Local Government of Mambajao has been a compliant of the simplified BPLS for four years now and is identified as one of the pilot LGUs for local competitiveness profiling.
Beyond regulation, the simplified BPLS can be a strategic tool to create an enabling environment for businesses and investments.
The economic dynamism of Mambajao in tourism development with all the support services, the government efficiency of the Local Government of Mambajao as well as the relevant national agencies and with the infrastructure being in place were contributory factors that made Mambajao worthy of this recognition.(Zita Maestrado-Abellare, DTI-Camiguin)