DAGUPAN CITY – The city of Dagupan jumped to number 13 overall among all component cities nationwide from No. 15 last year in terms of competitiveness as gleaned from the results in the 5th National Competitiveness Summit and Awards Ceremony 2017 held at the Philippine International Convention Center on August 16.


Dagupan was ranked number 15 last year in the overall national competitiveness index among all component cities in the country.


In economic dynamism, the city also ranked No.16 overall this year from No. 17 last year, ranked No.  9 in government efficiency from No. 13 last year and ranked No. 16 in infrastructure from No. 28 last year.


The city’s overall ranking in the national competitiveness index made a big leap in 2015 when it climbed to number 19 from number 44 in 2014; from 76th place to 28th in infrastructure; and from 25th to 17th in economic dynamism. This after Mayor Belen T. Fernandez employed good governance with zero corruption and consequently   implemented numerous programs and projects.


These programs and projects catapulted the city to its present status in terms of economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.


Among the numerous infrastructure projects implemented by Mayor Fernandez for the last four years included new school buildings,  roads and bridges, multi-functional gymnasiums, a three-storey evacuation center, facilities for senior citizens, women and children, health and day care centers in the barangays and upgrading of the public markets.


She also provided funds for health care, livelihood and scholarships for almost 800 poor but deserving students; strengthened the city’s resiliency on disaster by purchasing state-of-the-arts equipment and devices with skills training to its personnel, among others. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Aug. 16, 2017)