Davao City and Mambajao in Camiguin emerged as among the most highly competitive cities and municipalities in the country this year, according to the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2019 of the National Competitiveness Council (NNC).
Leading the Mindanawon cities and municipalities, Davao City, the only highly urbanized city outside Luzon that made the cut, emerged as the third overall most competitive highly urbanized city. Mambajao, on the other hand, placed first overall most competitive town in the third to sixth class municipalities category.
Davao tailed behind the cities of Quezon and Manila, adjudged as the first and second most competitive highly urbanized cities, respectively.
Davao’s ranking this year improved from fourth in 2018.
According to NNC, the cities and municipalities are ranked on their competitiveness based on an overall competitiveness score, the sum of scores on four main pillars—economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency.
It said Davao City placed third for government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency, except for economic dynamism where the city placed second, behind Pasay, in highly urbanized cities category, according to NNC.
Aside from Davao, Cagayan de Oro placed second in resiliency pillar among the highly urbanized cities in the Philippines. Tagum in Davao del Norte placed second in government efficiency while Koronadal, second in resiliency among component cities.
Meanwhile, Mambajao placed first in economic dynamism and third in government efficiency. Joining Mambajao is Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, adjudged as third in resiliency.
Tangub, Misamis Occidental was declared second most improved component city while Tabina in Zamboanga del Sur as most improved town in the category of third to sixth class municipalities.
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