Zambo City’s competitive rating takes sharp plunge PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 13:51

By BHONG SIMBAJON

From Number 15 in year 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs),  Zamboanga City has gone down Number 32 this year.

Out of 34 Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) that have competed in the said program,  Zamboanga City landed second to the last among all HUC’s in the country. It was down by 18 notches compared to last year’s performance of Number 15.

In the NCC ranking for this year, Zamboanga City dropped in ranking in all three pillars of measurement for the said program.

Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) measures LGUs competitiveness based on the three pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure.

Zamboanga City rated last in terms of Economic Dynamism this year,  No.34 compared to Rank No.26 in year 2015 (down by 8 notches).

In Government Efficiency, the city ranked No.30 out of 34 (which is 4th to the last among HUC’s) compared to last year in which the city was ranked No.15. In terms of infrastructure. Zamboanga City ranked No.18 out of 34 HUCs (down by 15 notches) compared to last year in which zamboanga ranked Number 3.

Economic dynamism is usually associated with activities that create stable expansion of business and industries and higher employment. This is the concrete representation of productivity as it matches the output of the local economy with local resources. Therefore, business expansion and job creation are easily observable in local settings.

Government efficiency refers to the quality and reliability of government services and support for effective and sustainable productive expansion. Conceptually, this factor looks at government as an institution that is generally not corrupt; ale to protect and enforce contracts; apply moderate and reasonable taxation and is able to regulate proactively.

Infrastructure refers to the physical building blocks that connect, expand, and sustain a locality and its surroundings to enable the provision of goods and services. It involves basic inputs of production such as energy, water; interconnection of production such as transportation, roads, and communications; sustenance of production such as waste, disaster preparedness, environmental sustainability and human capital formation infrastructure.

Reacting to the question regarding Zamboanga city’s rankings in the 2016 CMCI ratings in her regular Monday press conference at city hall, Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar said that it cannot expect the high ratings compared to the past considering it as “a work in progress” due to stiff competition in the field of governance among competing cities that tried to maximize their performance for each year.

Climaco said that the rating of the city is not as expected in the past, but it is always a work in progress.

“My learning from this is one must not become complacent. With the entry of other LGUs into the competition, the playing field is bigger and it requires more work. So the challenge for us is to really coordinate and work harder between the government, private sector and the barangay level, we must innovate,” Climaco said.

There are new indicators like compliance to business processing and licensing standards, compliance to national directives for local government units, social protection, which were not present in last year’s competition, and because it is competitiveness ranking.

In terms of overall rankings, Zamboanga City’s ranking fell to No. 56 this year from No.15 in 2015 which is 41 notches lower. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News