2016 Most Competitive Cities of the Philippines Overall
1. QUEZON CITY
2. MANILA CITY
3. MAKATI CITY
4. PASIG CITY
5. DAVAO CITY
6. CEBU CITY
7. CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY
8. GENERAL SANTOS CITY
9. CALOOCAN CITY
10. MUNTINLUPA CITY
At the 4 Regional Competitiveness Summit held last July 14, 2016, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) named Quezon City, the most competitive local government in the Philippines, based on the results of its 2016 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI).
The CMCI measures LGU competitiveness based on three pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. In the highly urbanized city category:Quezon City is No. 1, in terms of Infrastructure; No. 2, in terms of Government Efficiency, and No.3, in terms of Economic Dynamism. Quezon City also outscored all other cities in all categories in the overall ranking.
This year's CMCI had the largest number of participants, with 1,389 local government units (LGUs), 144 of which are cities and 1,245 are municipalities. This equals to about 85% of total LGUs in the Philippines. When CMCI started in 2013, only 285 or 17% of the LGUs in the country joined the index. The data used were gathered with the help of the 16 Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs), which are composed of representatives from the public and private sectors and the academe.
The ranking project is based on NCC's belief that LGUs are the building blocks of national competitiveness. These RCCs are tasked to regularly assess local competitiveness indicators, formulate programs to improve competitiveness, and engage in investment promotion activities to attract investors and create new jobs. By developing competitive LGUs across the nation, NCC is optimistic that this would contribute to the overall attractiveness of the country as a preferred place to do business.