CDO PH’s 2nd Most Competitive City after Makati

Aug 9, 2014

by Mike Banos, Editor-at-Large


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The City of Golden Friendship has been ranked as the second most competitive city in the Philippines after Makati City, the country’s premier financial district by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).

Mayor Oscar S. Moreno raises the award for Cagayan de Oro City's ranking as #2 in Overall Competitiveness in the Philippines for 2014 during the 2nd Regional Competitiveness Summit held August 27, 2013 at the PICC, Manila. Also in photo are (L-R) National Competitiveness Council Private Sector Co-Chair Bill Luz, City Welfare Officer Teddy Sabugaa, City Information Officer Maricel Rivera, City Accountant Beda Elot, DTI-X OIC Linda Boniao, Local Economic & Investment Promotions Officer Eileen San Juan, City Budget Officer Percy Salazar, NEDA Dir. Gen. Arsenio M. Balisacan and DTI Usec. Adrian S. Cristobal, Jr. (photo courtesy of NCC)

Launched Thursday, 07 August 2014  at the Regional Competitiveness Summit, the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) measures competitiveness at the local government level using 28 indicators grouped into three equally-weighted pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. Scores on each pillar were combined to form the overall score used to rank cities and municipalities.

Cagayan de Oro also ranked second in infrastructure, fifth in government efficiency, and ninth in economic dynamism.


“The award brings more inspiration and courage to pursue to their logical conclusions the reform programs that have been initiated, particularly on government efficiency, infrastructure and investment attractiveness,” Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno said upon receiving the citation at the PICC. “Cagayan de Oro’s enhanced competitiveness not only benefits our people and the region, but the entire Mindanao as well!”

A major driver of Cagayan de Oro's Economic Dynamism is the Oro Chamber here shown inducting new members. (photo by Mike Baños, NPN)

Makati topped the overall rankings with an overall score of 53.242174, followed by Cagayan de Oro (49.363393), Naga City (49.075166), Davao (47.16761) and Marikina City (45.465443).


Rounding out the top 10 in overall competitiveness were the cities of Iloilo, Cebu, Manila, Valenzuela and Paranaque.


The CMCI 2014 featured a record number of 136 cities and 399 municipalities, up from 122 cities and 163 municipalities in the pilot run in 2013 which was topped by Cagayan de Oro.


For municipalities, Daet (Camarines Norte) was ranked the most competitive overall, followed by General Trias (Cavite) and Kalibo (Aklan).


Awards were also given to the top three cities and municipalities per category. While the National Capital Region swept the Economic Dynamism category with the cities of Parañaque, Makati, and Manila taking the top spots, the Government Efficiency category was dominated by cities outside Metro Manila.


The top cities for Government Efficiency were Naga (Camarines Sur), Iloilo (Iloilo), and Angeles (Pampanga).


For the Infrastructure category, the top cities were Davao (Davao del Sur), Cagayan de Oro (Misamis Oriental), and Marikina.


Among the municipalities, the most competitive for Economic Dynamism were Tanza (Cavite), General Trias (Cavite), and San Pedro (Laguna), all from Region IV-A, CALABARZON.


The most competitive municipalities for Government Efficiency were Kalibo (Aklan), Tupi (South Cotabato), and San Mateo (Isabela). Finally, for Infrastructure, the most competitive municipalities were Daet (Camarines Norte), Rodriguez (Rizal), and Paniqui (Tarlac).


The results highlight the importance of being competitive in several factors, especially those which are closely examined by potential investors. It should be noted that the top three cities and municipalities for overall competitiveness also received at least one award in a category.


In addition to pursuing across-the-board competitiveness, NCC Private Sector Co-Chairman Guillermo M. Luz advised stakeholders at the Regional Competitiveness Summit to work together in building cities and municipalities which are affordable, accessible, socially-acceptable, environmentally-friendly, economically-viable, and climate-resilient. The CMCI was designed to encourage local governments to regularly track data and eventually benchmark performance against other cities in the ASEAN to better manage their regions.

Cagayan de Oro's Economic Dynamism is typified by these new establishments in Plaza Divisoria, the city's oldest business district. (photo by Mike Baños, NPN)

The CMCI was developed by the NCC through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the INVEST Project of USAID. City and municipality data used in the CMCI were voluntarily submitted by the RCCs.


Economic Dynamism scores were based on data on the size and growth of the local economy as measured by business registrations, capital, revenues, and occupancy permits; capacity to generate employment; cost of living; cost of doing business; financial deepening; productivity; and presence of business and professional organizations. 

Cagayan de Oro's improving health infrastructure help it attain a #2 ranking in Infrastructure Competitiveness. Shown is the blessing of a new wing of the J.R. Borja General Hospital. (photo by Mike Baños, NPN)

Government Efficiency scores were based on data on transparency scores, economic governance scores, local taxes and revenues, local competition-related awards, business registration efficiency, investment promotion, compliance to national directives, security, health, and education.

The Government Efficiency of the Cagayan de Oro City LGU was showcased when it topped the DOST's e-Readiness Survey Award based on the results of the Business Processing & Licensing System (BPLS) Survey and e-Readiness Survey for Cities and Municipalities, 2014. Here City Treasurer Glenn Bañez, INVEST CDO chair Eileen San Juan and City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno try out the new facilities of the city treasurer's office e-payment lounge.

Infrastructure scores were based on data on existing road network, distance from city/municipality center to major ports, Department of Tourism-accredited accommodations, health infrastructure, education infrastructure, basic utilities, infrastructure investments, ICT connection, ATMs, and public transportation.


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(with a report from the National Competitiveness Council)

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