Manila is most urbanized city in PH

Published November 18, 2021, 9:00 AM

by Jaleen Ramos

The City of Manila was hailed as the most highly urbanized city in the country, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The Manila City Hall clock tower is seen illuminated with colorful lights. It is a landmark in the capital city. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Of the 32 other local government units across the country, Manila topped the 2020 rankings of Highly Urbanized Cities under the Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) with an overall score of 65.9872 percent.

The capital city ranked first place in terms of government efficiency and infrastructure pillars, with a score of 20.5491 and 15.0476, respectively.

Manila also retained the third spot in the economic dynamism pillar with a score of 11.1776 and resiliency pillar with 19.2039.

“Simula noong mag-Alkalde ako, yung focus, yung (Since I became Mayor, the focus, the) North Star of the governance of Manila is always about the people: pagiging maayos, walang kadugyutan (of order, no bums), certainty of rules, housing to give back dignity, school, hospitals, parks, open space for the future, clean air, highly urbanized city,” said Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

In his two years of being the chief executive, Domagoso ordered the construction of public hospitals, public school buildings, and vertical housing projects for the poor in the city.

“Pag sinabi ko pong pabahay, hindi yan drawing, nakatayo na po. ‘Pag sinabi ko pong hospital, hindi yan plano, meron na pong nakatindig dito sa Maynila. ‘Pag sinabi kong suportado ang edukasyon, hindi po yan slogan. ‘Pag sinabi ko pong ease in doing business sa mga nagosyante, hindi po yan promissory note, but something that is up and running in Manila (When I say housing, it’s not a drawing, it’s already standing. When I said hospital, that’s not the plan, there are already structures built here in Manila. When I say I support education, that is not a slogan. When I say ease in doing business to entrepreneurs, it’s not a promissory note, but something that is up and running in Manila),” the mayor said.

The rankings of cities and municipalities were based on four pillars, namely, economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency, the DTI said.

The CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Domagoso, who is running for president, had earlier vowed that he would offer what he has done in Manila that are duplicable and scalable to the rest of the country if he wins in the 2022 elections.