Quezon City is back as the country’s most competitive city in this year’s Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI), an annual ranking of cities and municipalities across the country that builds, maps out and tracks local competitiveness.
Quezon City landed in the top three in four pillars of the CMCI, which include economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency.
Quezon City placed second for economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure pillars, and third for resiliency pillars.
Following Quezon City as the country’s most competitive city is Manila, which slipped by a notch in the ranking. The Philippine capital was CMCI 2020’s most competitive city.
In this year’s index, Manila also led Philippine cities in the pillars of government efficiency and infrastructure.
Pasay City has maintained its ranking at third place for two consecutive years.
Pasay City landed the top position in terms of economic dynamism.
Davao City was displaced in the top three most competitive cities during this year’s CMCI after data from Quezon City local government unit (LGU) were captured for CMCI 2021.
No data from Quezon City were captured in the previous year’s index.
“The CMCI Program has also continued to be instrumental in providing data for investors and local chief executives from which they draw meaningful insights and strategic imperatives,” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said during the 9th Regional Competitiveness Summit Tuesday.
Lopez said 109 LGUs participated in this year’s CMCI from last year’s 36 LGUs.
Meanwhile, the most improved cities in the CMCI ranking are Mandaue, up by seven notches; General Santos and Tacloban, up by 6 notches; and Baguio and Cebu, up by 5 notches.
Naga City topped the ranking among component cities, followed by Antipolo and Tagum.
For Class 1 and 2 municipalities, the top three winners are Cainta, Rizal, Baliwag, Bulacan, and San Mateo, Rizal; for Class 3 and 4, Panglao, Bohol, Mambajao, Camiguin, and Baler, Aurora; and for Class 5 and 6, Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte, General Luna, Surigao del Norte, and Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.