DAGUPAN CITY – For the first time, Dagupan City has been rated as second Most Competitive Component City in Region 1 by the National Competitiveness Council and the Regional Competitiveness Committee in Region 1.
This was known during the Local Government Unit Competitiveness Awarding for the Top Performing LGUs in Region 1 in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index at Marand Resort, Bauang, La Union on April 20.
Top one is San Fernando City, La Union and in third place is Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
The city was also recognized as among the top three Most Improved Component Cities in the region along with Urdaneta City and Alaminos City of Pangasinan; top three in the Most Competitive Component City in Economic Dynamism in Region 1 along with San Fernando City, La Union and Candon City, Ilocos Norte; and top three as the Most Competitive Component City in Infrastructure in Region 1 along with San Fernando City, La Union and Urdaneta City, Pangasinan.
The awards were received by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez along with City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman, City Assessor and OIC City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Roland Suni, General Services Officer Engr. Melchor Guiang, One Stop Business Center Manager Randolf Ubando and CPDO Planning Officer III Marissa Torio.
The awards were handed by Nelson Yuchongtian, private sector representative Vice-Chair, Regional Competitiveness Committee; Julie J. Daquioag, Regional Director, Department of Interior and Local Government Region 1; National Economic Development Authority Region 1 Director Nestor G. Rillon; and Florante Leal, Regional Director, Department of Trade and Industry Region 1.
Mayor Fernandez said that the city is now among the top 20 LGUs in the country today as the Most Competitive LGU nationwide.
This, she said, was a big leap from number 44 in 2014 to number 19 in 2015.
“This is the first time that we are now being considered as a competitive city not only in the region but in the entire country. And this is due to our effort of introducing change in the management of our city’s affairs that is graft-free and based on transparency and accountability,” said Fernandez.
The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is a project of the National Competitiveness Council and is supported by USAID to evaluate the competitiveness of all LGUs in the country.
The data gathered will serve as the basis of the council in helping investors where to invest or set up a new business in any of the top performing LGUs in the country.
“I am happy to report to everyone though I am not yet totally contented that our city is now second overall in Region 1 and 19th overall among all other LGUs in the country to have complied with the standards of the council in economic dynamism, infrastructure and good governance.
From 44th place in 2014, we are now among the top 20 LGUs in the country today for having a good economic status with numerous infrastructure projects and for employing good governance in our city,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/April 20, 2016)