By Ella Mae Gonzales
Antipolo City was chosen the Overall Most Competitive City for the Component City Category in the whole country at the recently concluded 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit and Awards Ceremony held at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
Antipolo City Mayor Casimiro “Junjun” Ynares III personally received the award, together with Vice Mayor Josefina “Pining” Gatlabayan, Rizal Governor Rebecca “Nini” Ynares, honorable councilors, the rest of the city government officials and the head of each department of the city government from the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Other awards bagged by the city, based on the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index include: 1st place for Infrastructure Development, 3rd place for Government Efficiency, 6th place for Economic Dynamism and 7th place for Resiliency.
Neighboring municipalities of Antipolo – like Cainta, Taytay and Angono – also received major awards. Rizal emerged as the Most Competitive Province out of the 81 provinces in the country for the second consecutive year.
The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index measures the competitiveness of cities and municipalities based on three main pillars: economic dynamism, government efficiency and infrastructure.
The Index can be used as a diagnostic tool by local government officials to assess the competitiveness of their city or municipality and identify areas for improvement and collaboration.
Data can provide insight for policy making, development planning and investment promotion.