Cordillera LGUs fare well in com­pet­i­tive­ness

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THE LO­CAL gov­ern­ment units in the high­land re­gion of Cordillera are do­ing well in terms of com­pet­i­tive­ness, Myrna Pablo, re­gional di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) in Cordillera, said.

“LGUs are build­ing blocks of na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness,” said Pablo, who led the 5th Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion (CAR) recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony held in Al­bergo Ho­tel here.

Pablo said the LGUs were ranked based on the re­gional com­pet­i­tive­ness frame­work of the Re­gional and Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive­ness Coun­cils, with the help of the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment.

La­mut town in Ifu­gao prov­ince, she said, ranked first in the re­siliency cat­e­gory for third to sixth class mu­nic­i­pal­ity level. It bested 874 par­tic­i­pat­ing LGUs across the coun­try.

La­mut also placed sec­ond over­all in rank in the four pil­lars for the same mu­nic­i­pal cat­e­gory. The pil­lars are eco­nomic dy­namism, gov­ern­ment ef­fi­ciency, in­fra­struc­ture, and re­siliency.

La­mut Mayor Mar­i­ano Buya­gawan Jr. at­trib­uted the recog­ni­tion to the lo­cals' dis­ci­pline and ad­her­ence to lo­cal or­di­nances and na­tional laws.

Buya­gawan said co­op­er­a­tion and unity were also the hall­marks of their town in reach­ing the top place.

He said La­mut's im­proved or­ga­ni­za­tion

and co­or­di­na­tion is no­tice­able in the town's land use plan, disas­ter risk re­duc­tion plan, disas­ter drill, and emer­gency in­fra­struc­ture.

Bauko town in Moun­tain Prov­ince placed sec­ond in the gov­ern­ment ef­fi­ciency cat­e­gory for the third to sixth class mu­nic­i­pal level.

Bauko Mayor Abra­ham Akilit said his town has a no­tice­able im­prove­ment in health ser­vices, ef­fi­ciency in busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion, so­cial pro­tec­tion and com­pli­ance to busi­ness per­mits and li­cens­ing sys­tem (BPLS), stan­dards and na­tional di­rec­tives for LGUs, and so­cial pro­tec­tion.

Also rec­og­nized for eco­nomic dy­namism were Baguio City, un­der the highly ur­ban­ized city cat­e­gory; La Trinidad, Benguet, in the first to sec­ond class mu­nic­i­pal­ity cat­e­gory; and Buguias town in Benguet, for the third to sixth class mu­nic­i­pal­ity cat­e­gory.

The prov­ince of Kalinga was the Over­all Most Com­pet­i­tive.

Most Im­proved were Rizal, Kalinga; La­gawe, Ifu­gao; and Lacub, Abra.

Over­all, Pablo re­ported a num­ber of first and sec­ond class mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have made it to the top in terms of eco­nomic dy­namism, gov­ern­ment ef­fi­ciency, in­fra­struc­ture, and re­siliency.

“A big num­ber of our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties fall in the good cat­e­gory un­der in­fra­struc­ture and re­siliency," she said.

She added un­der in­fra­struc­ture, the re­gion did bet­ter in 2018, with two of the LGUs grad­u­at­ing from the bot­tom 33 per­cent of the rank­ings.

In terms of over­all rank­ing in the com­po­nent cities and highly ur­ban­ized cities, both Baguio and Tabuk City landed in the mid­dle 33 per­cent ranks or the “bet­ter” ranks.

Com­pared with 2017, the over­all rank­ing of Tabuk City im­proved by five notches.

“This em­pha­sizes the very im­por­tant role LGUs play to­wards na­tional as­pi­ra­tion of eco­nomic devel­op­ment,” added Pablo, who is also the head of the Re­gional Com­pet­i­tive­ness Coun­cil (RCC).

The com­pet­i­tive­ness coun­cils are pub­lic-pri­vate bod­ies that de­velop strate­gies for the long-term com­pet­i­tive­ness of the coun­try through pol­icy re­forms, project im­ple­men­ta­tion, in­sti­tu­tion build­ing, and per­for­mance mon­i­tor­ing that leads to ease of do­ing busi­ness.

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