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Pandan is “most competitive” town in Cat’nes
posted 26-Jul-2015  ·  

The northern town of Pandan has been rated the “most competitive” in Catanduanes, according to the 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index issued last week by the National Competitiveness Council.

Of the overall 978 towns included in the index, Pandan ranked 387 with a rating of 27.1695, beating No. 443 Virac (26.1984) and previous frontrunner San Andres at No. 591 (23.2845). Among 3rd to 6th class towns, Pandan was ranked 177th out of 516 municipalities while San Andres was at No. 214.

The town administered by Mayor Joseph Al Randie Wong scored better than Virac and San Andres in terms of government efficiency and beat San Andres in infrastructure development. Among 462 1st to 2nd-class towns, Virac ended up at No. 277.

Two other municipalities in the island participated in the rating, with Viga at an overall ranking of 830 (423rd in its category) and Caramoran at 895 (487 in the category).

On the other hand, among 68 provinces included in the index, Catanduanes ranked 61st, only better than Masbate’s 65th. Camarines Sur was at No. 25, Albay at No. 30, Camarines Norte at No. 40 and Sorsogon at No. 51.

Davao del Sur was tagged the most competitive province for 2015 while Mambajao in Camiguin and Naga City were the winners in their respective categories.

Through the help of the Regional Competitiveness Committees, the index covered 142 cities and 978 municipalities out of a total of 1,634 localities, or a 68% national coverage. These LGUs were ranked on three pillars – Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure – and classified according to four categories.

For a province to qualify in the ranking, the combined population of all participating LGUs under the province should constitute at least 60% of the total provincial population, with the scoring calculated as the population and income weighted average of the LGUs covered. Scores of the LGUs covered were then aggregated.

During the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit in Metro Manila last July 16, the NCC launched the CMCI website that consolidates and presents all the data submitted by  the LGUs.  The Index may be used by the public sector and local government units to assess the state of development of the locality; by the private sector as a reliable source of pertinent information for business and investment decisions, and the academe for focused research and development studies.

The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is a program which encourages LGUs to gather and voluntarily submit data which are used to measure their performance on three pillars anchored on global standards: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure.

Economic dynamism is usually associated with activities that create stable expansion of business and industries and higher employment and is the concrete representation of productivity as it matches the output of the local economy with local resources. Among the factors considered are the size and growth of the local economy (as measured through business registrations, capital, revenue, and permits); capacity to generate employment; cost of living; cost of doing business; financial deepening; productivity; and, presence of business and professional organizations

Government efficiency refers to the quality and reliability of government services and support for effective and sustainable productive expansion and has 10 indicators: Transparency Score in Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS); Economic Governance Score in LGPMS; ratio of LGU-collected tax to LGU revenues; LGU competition-related awards; business registration efficiency; investment promotion; compliance to national directives; security; health; and, education

Infrastructure refers to the physical building blocks that connect, expand, and sustain a locality and its surroundings to enable the provision of goods and services. It involves basic inputs of production such as energy, water; interconnection of production such as transportation, roads, and communications; sustenance of production such as waste, disaster preparedness, environmental sustainability and human capital formation infrastructure.

There are 10 indicators for infrastructure: existing road network; distance from the municipality center to major ports; Department of Tourism-accredited accommodations; health infrastructure; education infrastructure; availability of basic utilities; annual investments in infrastructure; connection of Information and Communications Technology (ICT); number of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs); and, number of public transportation vehicles

The program is conducted by the National Competitiveness Council, aligned with the goal to improve the country’s overall competitiveness, through collaborative efforts between the national and local government agencies, and the public and private sectors.

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Let's congratulate Pandananons for this recognition particularly those parents who nurtured their children to be at their best who then at proper time went back to their roots and establish their social contribution through entrepreneurial endeavors. Let's not forget the bandwagon of leaders who inspired and motivated the young generation of Pandan to bring out the passion in them. Observe Pandananons - everyone talks about entrepreneurship!
by k l  ·   4-Aug-2015  ·  
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