Monday, April 3, 2017

Bohol towns scored in 2016
business competitiveness

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 31 (PIA)--Tagbilaran City, Talibon, Loon, and a handful of other Bohol towns performed relatively well in the 2016 Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) in Central Visayas. 

Competitiveness, according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Asteria Caberte, It is the ability of any entity to rise above or surpass its rivals; achieve and sustain higher levels of success compared to others within specific categories, based on certain indices or parameters.

As to the parameters, the survey which attempts to mainstream a template of standard indicators to serve as diagnostic tools for LGUs to rate their level of competitiveness and continually improve it, uses economic dynamism which refers to activities that create stable expansion of businesses and industries and higher employment. 

Another parameter, government efficiency refers to the quality and reliability of government services and support for effective and sustainable productive expansion, while yet another parameter: infrastructure uses the physical building blocks that connect, expand, and sustain a locality and its surroundings to enable better provision of goods and services. 

At the national level, competitiveness is seen through the level and growth of the nation's standard of living; aggregate productivity; and the ability of the nation's firms to increase their penetration of world markets through international trade and foreign direct investments. 

According to the Survey on Local Economic Development and Competitiveness for Cities and Municipalities presented to Boholanos by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Tagbilaran City climbed nine notches from 34th rank in 2015 to 25th in 2016 among Central Visayas 110 component cities. 

In the data presented to local government unit authorities by DTI Regional Director Asteria Caberte, Tagbilaran increased to 3 points its economic dynamism rank, seven points in government efficiency from 51st to 44th and suffered four points setback in infrastructure development. 

According to Caberte data, the biggest performer for component cities however is Dumaguete which earned 48 points from rank 76 in 2015 to 28 in 2018. 

For first to third class municipalities, Bohol's biggest winners are Talibon (from 125th in 2015 to 29th in 2016), Loon from 255th rank in 2015 to 209th in 2017) while Tubigon lost a rank to 40th from 39th and Carmen stepped down to 372 to 369 in 2015, among the 490 first and second class towns. 

Of the Visayas' 755 third to 6th class municipalities, Calape and Panglao each made awe-inspiring impressions.

From 329th rank in 2015, Calape boosted its competitiveness to occupy 19th spot in Central Visayas, while Panglao improved its position from 366th to 26th while improving largely on the competitiveness indices. 

Also considered big gainers are Corella (from 365 to 51st), Guindulman (344 to 48), Pilar (from 268 to 44th), Bilar (297th to 49th), Alburquerque from 307th to 72 and Sagbayan from 439 to 219th. 

Over-all, Caberte revealed that Calape is cited as 2016 National awardee for placing first in government efficiency. 

Calape placed 428th in government efficiency in 2015, which it improved to first among 3rd to 6th class municipalities category. 

Other Bohol towns that made it to the top 10 nationwide in 2016 are Jagna which ranked 7th in economic dynamism, Corella which rose to 7th in government efficiency from 325th in 2015 and Balilihan which sits at the 10th for government efficiency from 153 in 2015, Caberte said. 

As the countries are regularly ranked worldwide, Philippine rank is always dependent on the competitiveness of its cities and municipalities, DTI pointed out.

By putting up competitiveness reports, it highlights the strengths LGUs can build on and the challenges that must be overcome, to possibly improve their ranks and remain as a relevant player in the race for market share dominance in terms of tourism, investments, trade in goods and services, and other forms of value creation, the DTI stressed.

The rating period however happened to be during the uncertain times of an election year, that many LGUs with newly elected officials are now bearing the brunt of blame for disgraced competitiveness performance. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
Preparing for the new set of surveys  for 2017, Bohol team led by the Department of Trade and Industry and SMEDC start the competitiveness information cascading through the Go Negosyo Centers here. (PIA-7/Bohol)

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