MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, July 20 (PIA) – The Municipality of Mambajao in the province of Camiguin is declared National Champion for the 2015 Most Competitive Municipality in the 3rd– 6th class category during the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Summit , held at the Phil. International Convention Center (PICC), Manila, Philippines, July 16, 2015.
The summit, which emphasized the importance of local competitiveness as the foundation of national competitiveness, gathered over 1000 delegates of Local Chief Executives, leaders from both the private and public sectors, and delegates from across the country to witness the announcement of the Most Competitive Cities, Municipalities, and Provinces in the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit..
The awards were conferred and presented by prominent leaders from different sectors, which further underscored the value of the recognition.
The victory was not that all, among the 978 municipalities which participated in the ranking, Mambajao emerged with the most number of recognitions with three: 2nd under the Economic Dynamism Pillar, 2nd in the Government Efficiency Pillar, and 1st in Overall Competitiveness.
The highest award of this competition is a marked improvement over the town’s first rankings in the 2013 Overall Competitiveness Rankings where it ranked 24th among the 163 participating municipalities and even then, Mambajao already placed 4th in infrastructure with municipalities ranked under a single category.
With Mambajao as the forefront national winner, the province Camiguin also is one of Top 10 Most Competitive Provinces in the country.
This year, NCC introduced a new method to rank the qualified provinces for thecompetitive index and based on the rankings, Camiguin is faring high and evenbetter than the other bigger provinces and the only small island province that made it to the top 10.
The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) is a program which encourages Local Government Units (LGUs) to gather and voluntarily submit data which are used to measure their performance on three pillars anchored on globalcompetitiveness.
This program is conducted by the NCC, aligned with the goal to improve the country’s overall competitiveness, through collaborative efforts between the national and local government agencies, and the public and private sectors.
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.
The NCC was formed in October 2006 as a Public-Private Task Force on Philippine Competitiveness chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry (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.
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 very well-deserved recognition.(Zita Maestrado-Abellare, DTI-Camiguin, PIACam-Inet))