The provinces of CLuzon are the most competitive in terms of PH

CENTER Luzon remains one of the main contributors to the country’s economy, as two provinces and nine cities in the region ranked in the top 10 places in separate categories for the most competitive cities and municipalities in the country.

The ranking, which is determined by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the five pillars of economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, resilience and innovation, places Pampanga in seventh place while Bulacan ranks 10th nationally for the most competitive provinces category.

In cities and municipalities categories, Baliwag city in Bulacan beat other first and second class municipalities in the country in terms of infrastructure and ranked second in terms of overall competitiveness and resilience, third in terms of government efficiency and fifth in terms of economic dynamism. .

Baler in Aurora ranked third in terms of overall competitiveness and economic dynamism and fourth in terms of infrastructure among third and fourth class municipalities.

Five other cities were also judged to be the most competitive in different pillars, notably Santa Maria and Marilao in Bulacan, ranked seventh and eighth respectively in terms of economic dynamism, and Talavera in Nueva Ecija, ranked 10th in infrastructure in the category of first-tier municipalities. and second class. .

The city of San Antonio in Nueva Ecija was ranked ninth among the most improved municipalities, and the city of Samal in Bataan ranked eighth for government efficiency among third and fourth class municipalities.

For the highly urbanized cities category, Angeles City ranked fifth for most improved, and the city of San Fernando got fifth place for infrastructure, sixth for overall competitiveness, and eighth for government efficiency. in the category of component cities.

Head of DTI Region 3 Industry Development Division Racquel Malig said the ranking is based on the results of the 2021 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI), which shows the indicators of economic development and competitiveness among local government units.

The CMCI is a set of indicators that serves as a guide or reference for each city and municipality to determine their level of productivity and competitiveness to propel economic activity.

“The CMCI is developed by the National Competitiveness Council through regional competitiveness committees with assistance from the United States Agency for International Development,” she said.

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