DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)  in Region 1 recognized Dagupan City  anew as the number one Most Competitive City in the region during the 3rd Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) awards ceremonies held at CSI Stadia on November 10.


The city was also recognized by the agency as the number one among the nine component cities in the region in the infrastructure category, government efficiency, and economic dynamism.


DTI Region 1 Director Florante O. Leal disclosed that the CMCI is a program being undertaken by the agency to recognize top performing Local Government Units on the initiatives they are doing to improve their services of doing business in their areas.


Leal said that the competitive index is very important to businessmen who depend on how ready an LGU is to accommodate and welcomed new businesses in their localities.


He is glad to note that this year there were at least 125 LGUs that participated in the program.


“Although nationwide ay hindi pa maganda ang ranking natin but this is a challenge to motivate them to succeed as what Mayor Fernandez said. This is also a worldwide ranking para ma-iangat natin ang competitiveness ng ating bansa against 140 nation members,” said Leal.


Leal added that while they administer the program, a private group, however, does the evaluation of all the participating LGUs.


He applauded Fernandez for hauling most of the awards this year and he is not surprised “because the necessary ingredients are already in place in the city with the kind of support provided by the LGU leadership,” Leal said.


Dagupan is now number 16th nationwide in infrastructure category, number nine nationwide in government efficiency, number 16th nationwide in economic dynamism and number 13thnationwide as the most competitive cities.


Fernandez said Dagupan is on the crossroads of new and exciting developments “and everyone has a moist eye for what a bold and ambitious urban economy like ours can further offer to all sectors, investors included. Since our participation with this program, we have since then fully appreciated and embraced productivity as a crucial element in our goals in local governance,” she disclosed.  (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Nov. 10, 2017)