DAGUPAN CITY – The city of Dagupan has been cited as the Most Improved Component City by the Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC) of Region 1 composed of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the private sector when it improved its ranking in the nationwide competitiveness survey this year, especially in the areas of infrastructure, government efficiency, and economic dynamism.

The recognition was conferred to the city on the occasion of the 2nd Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index Recognition Ceremony at the CSI Stadia during the Rimat Ti Amianan Regional Trade Fair at CSI Atrium last November 20, wherein it bagged  five significant awards.

Through the efforts of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Dagupan City topped in the overall ranking in Region 1 and climbed to number 15 this year in the Nationwide Overall Competitiveness Index under the Component Cities category from rank 19 in 2015.

In government efficiency, the city was first place in Region 1 and improved its nationwide ranking to 13th compared to 19th place last year.

On economic dynamism, the city again topped the overall ranking in Region 1 and is now 17th in the nationwide ranking compared to 25th last 2015.

The city also made a big leap in its infrastructure performance from 76th place in 2013 to 28th place this year with the numerous infrastructure projects undertaken by Mayor Belen since the start of her term as city mayor in 2013, mostly city and barangay roads, school buildings and multi-purpose courts including the repairs of dilapidated schools.

As such, the city is now second place overall in Region 1 in infrastructure.

The awards were presented by Nelson N. Yuchongtian, private sector representative co-chair of the Regional Competitiveness Committee in Region 1; Julie J. Daquioag, Regional Director, DILG Region 1; and Florante O. Leal, Regional Director, DTI Region 1 and chairman of the RCC Region 1 to City Councilor Jeslito C. Seen in behalf of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez who was in Davao City attending the general assembly of the League of Cities of the Philippines.

“Our city continues to receive recognition and this is because of our hardworking and efficient department heads and City Hall employees who support our good governance,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Nov. 21, 2016)