RCCs urge all LGUs to support 2015 CMCI PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 February 2015 14:46

By MICHAEL VINCENT D. CAJULAO

 

Members of the Regional Competitiveness Councils all over the country converged last Feb. 12-13 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan with the aim of encouraging more local government to support the 2015 Competitive Municipalities and Cities Index (CMCI).

CMCI intends to develop the competitive advantage of a municipality or city by improving the ease of doing business, governance, and business environment in general.

Department of Trade and Industry-9 Institutional Development Division Chief and RCC-9 focal person Ms. Grace Aduca said the RCCs agreed to submit the final list of indicators for the 2015 CMCI, and the final list LGUs that will be covered by CMCI this year starting April 15 but not later than May 15.

From 15 LGUs in Zamboanga Peninsula covered last year, RCC-9 committed to cover 19 more this year, bringing the total to 34 LGUs.

“To ensure a 100% support from the LGUs to be covered in the 2015 CMCI, RCC-9 will conduct provincial road shows, and a memorandum of agreement shall be forged  to come up with a complete and validated data capture”, Ms. Aduca said.

The Regional Development Council-9 also passed Resolution No. IX-097-14 enjoining all concerned LGUs to participate  and support the 2015 CMCI.

There are 28 indicators used to measure competitiveness among LGUs grouped in three (3) pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure.

Indicators under economic dynamism include: gross sales of registered firms, total number of business registered, total capitalization of new businesses, number of occupancy permits approved, employment, cost of living, cost of doing business, financial deepening, productivity, and number of business groups.

Government Efficiency focuses on the health service capacity of an LGU; schools capacity; security; business registration efficiency; presence of investment promotion unit, a Comprehensive land use plan (CLUP), and of a local disaster risk reduction and management plan; ratio of tax collected by the LGU to its total revenues; transparency score in Local Government Performance Management System (LGPMS); economic score in LGPMS; and awarded as Most Competitive LGU.

Finally, infrastructure is measured by existing road networks, distance of the city or municipal hall to major ports, number of DOT accredited hotels, resorts, inns, and the likes and the number of rooms of the aforementioned infrastructures, the availability of basic utilities (e.g. water and power), annual investments in infrastructure by the LGU, communication facilities, number of public transport vehicles, health infrastructure,  education infrastructure, and number of automated teller machines (ATMs).

Aside from these, the cost of freight and presence of retail companies are also given weight.

Last year, not one city nor municipality from the region made it to the Top 20, with Makati topping 135 cities in the country as the most competitive city. The Municipality of Daet in Camarines Norte was proclaimed the most competitive municipality.

Aduca said, “We hope to see at least three cities and two municipalities from our region in the Top 20 competitive cities and municipalities this year. We are encouraging the concerned LGUs to support CMCI because the outcomes can help them identify their strength and weaknesses. It (CMCI) also helps lagging LGUs to focus on gaps and trigger catch ups”.

RCC-9 will be meeting next week to discuss the final list of indicators and LGUs who will participate in the CMCI. — DTI-9