City Mayor John Bongat, along with City Administrator Jun Mongoso, CEPPIO Chief Allen Reondanga, ACTO Chief Alec Santon, and Clarine Palomares Tobias, former president of the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, received the award for the city.
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) congratulates Naga City for being awarded as the Most Competitive Component City in the Philippines by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). The City Government of Naga is working with CFO in the implementation of the Joint Migration and Development Initiative in Bicol. Moreover, Naga City’s online services are also pilot tested in CFO’s BaLinkBayan website.
On 16 July 2015 over 1,000 delegates from local government units, national government agencies, and private sector gathered at the PICC Reception Hall to witness the announcement of the Most Competitive Cities, Municipalities, and Provinces in the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit.
Naga City bested other component cities namely San Fernando, Imus, Cotabato, Bacoor, Antipolo, Dasmarinas, Tagum, San Fernando, and Batangas.
According to the NCC, component cities are cities which do not meet the requirements of a Highly Urbanized City (such as Manila, Makati, Cebu, Quezon, and Davao). If a city is located within the boundaries of two (2) or more provinces, such city shall be considered a component of the province of which it used to be a municipality.
Naga City also bagged first place in the areas of Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure under the Component Cities category.
This competitiveness ranking among Local Government Units (LGUs) is an annual undertaking of the National Competitiveness Council, with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The results highlighted the importance of being competitive. These can be used by potential investors as basis for their decisions in putting up businesses. On the other hand, it will also serve as a tool to encourage LGUs to regularly track data and eventually benchmark performance against other cities in the Asean to better manage their regions.
For the list of Top 10 Most Competitive Cities, Municipalities, and Provinces please visit http://www.competitive.org.ph/cmcindex/.