Batangas LGUs struggle vs PHL cities, towns

 

MANILA—Fortunes have changed for two Batangas cities given the latest rankings of the country’s most competitive local government units.

The 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (citing data for 2014) showed Tanauan City is ranked 38th among all cities, a big leapfrog from being ranked 81st in the previous year.

Tanauan City is now the most competitive city in Batangas province (photo taken from panoramio.com)

Tanauan City is now the most competitive city in Batangas province (photo taken from panoramio.com)

Meanwhile, the provincial capital Batangas City dropped 11 places to 47th overall in the 2015 Index.

This Index is a scorecard of how local governments fare in terms of making their areas economically competitive through three areas: economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.

Still, Batangas province’s three cities ranked below the top 30 most competitive cities nationwide  in this annual Index being proffered by the National Competitiveness Council since 2013.

The index gets data from local government units using a total of 30 indicators. Data are then computed using a mathematical formula and the maximum weight per area is 33.3 percent.

Among municipalities (from first to sixth-class income municipalities), San Juan is ranked 103rd. Bauan, ranking 43rd last year, is now 118th while Taal is 120th.

One of the country’s richest municipalities, Sto. Tomas, is only 131st overall among 978 municipalities covered by this year’s Index.

The CMCI was first done by NCC, in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in 2013 with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID previously had a project in Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and Batangas cities to improve their local business climates through reforms and streamlining of business permit registration.

Indicators on business registration are among the 30 indicators of the USAID-supported CMCI.

The top ten local governments given the 2015 CMCI got handsome trophies —but no cash prizes— from NCC, making the index a sought-after scorecard for local government leaders who wish to legitimize their being elected in triennial local elections.

 

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