DTI awards most competitive LGUs in W. Visayas

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) awarded the local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas region for their improvement in competitiveness.

The skyline of Mandurriao district in Iloilo City, which is the new center of economic development for the regional capital of Western Visayas. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)

The awards were the results of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) which ranked performances of LGUs based on economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, resiliency, and the recently added criteria for innovation.

DTI-6 Assistant Regional Director Felisa Judith Degala lauded the all LGUs across Western Visayas for their 100 percent participation.

While not all 133 LGUs were awarded, Degala lauded their efforts to improve competitiveness.

The CMCI ranked Iloilo City as the most improved LGU for a highly urbanized city while Aklan was awarded as the most competitive in the provincial level.

In the component cities category, San Carlos City in Negros Occidental province was adjudged as the most improved while the town of Binalbagan in Negros Occidental was adjudged as the most improved in the category of 1st to 2nd class municipality.

In the category of 3rd to 4th class municipality, the town of Ibajay in Aklan province was cited as the most improved.

In the category of the 5th to 6th class municipality, the town of San Lorenzo in Guimaras province was cited as the most improved.