The City of Cagayan de Oro retained its ranking this year as the 7th Overall Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City (HUC) in the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index.
The DTI Competitiveness Bureau conducted the 8th Regional Competitiveness Summit on16 December 2020, via Facebook Live.
“We had consistently been among the Top Ten Highly Urbanized Cities since the competition started 8 years ago. In spite of the many limiting conditions that we have had to bear, we managed to remain well afloat and emerge among the Top Ten Highly Urbanized Cities in the country. Another proud moment for Cagayan de Oro and for all of us!” exclaimed Mayor Oscar S. Moreno in a statement released for the occasion.
Manila was again ranked the Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City for 2020, leading seven other cities in Metro Manila in the Top Ten, including Pasay (3), Makati (4), Muntinlupa (5), Pasig (6), Valenzuela ( 8), Caloocan (9) and Parañaque (10).
Cagayan de Oro City was one of only two (2) cities outside the National Capital Region (NCR) that made it into the top 10, with Davao City ranking 2nd to Metro Manila.
“2021 may be a game changer considering each LGU’s experience in the pandemic. As you can see, in the top 10, all are NCR cities, except Cagayan de Oro and Davao,” said Eileen E. San Juan, Cagayan de Oro Local Economy and Investment Promotion Officer (LEIPO).
“We have to see how the lockdowns in these cities impact on the different pillars of competitiveness. For government efficiency, many LGUs may have significant improvements due to the streamlining of business processes and implementation of the EODB (Ease of Doing Business) Law.
The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.
The ranking is based on overall competitiveness scores, the sum of scores on four (4) main pillars: economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency.
Cagayan de Oro ranked 5th among HUCs in Infrastructure, 6th in Resiliency, 9th in Government Efficiency, 12th in Economic Dynamism.
“I’d like to thank God Almighty for all His countless blessings. I’d also like to thank all the men and women of the City Government for your continued support and dedication. Also, I’d like to thank all our partners in serving the people of Cagayan de Oro, be they from the public sector or from the academe, business community, interfaith organizations, youth sector and aid organizations. May this new prestigious award continue to inspire us all in our quest for excellence. Congratulations, and God Bless!” Moreno’s statement concluded.
The Awarding Ceremony for the Most Competitive Cities and Municipalities in the Philippines for 2020 capped a full program that included the presentation of the 2020 CMCI Academic Symposium 1st Place Best Research Paper by Ms. Rina Abner of Partido State University; Launching of the CMCI Data Analytics Platform by Usec. Rafaelita Aldaba; MOU signing between Liveable Cities Challenge PH, and DTI Philippines; and the Joint Memorandum Circular signing on the Mandatory Submission of the List of Businesses Establishments Registered in the City and Municipality between DILG Philippines and DTI Philippines. (ORO-TIPC)