Lamut leads Cordillera LGUs in competitiveness index

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 17 (PIA) - - The  municipality of Lamut in  Ifugao  leads this year’s top performing Cordillera local government units in the 2018 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) of the National Competitiveness Council.

Lamut under  Mayor Mariano Buyagawan Jr  received the town’s  CMCI award  for ranking  second  overall among the 874 LGUs  nationwide in the 3rd- 6th class municipality category assessed by the NCC,  during the 5th Cordillera  CMCI Recognition Ceremony held at Albergo Hotel here last week.   

Joining Lamut as awardees for the CMCI overall competitiveness recognition for 3rd -6th class municipalities are the Benguet municipalities of Buguias (Top 15) and Tublay (Top 17).

La Trinidad is also awarded for ranking 18th overall among the 489 LGUs assessed in the 1st - 2nd class municipality category.

The Regional Competitiveness Council, chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry,   also gave recognition to LGUs that landed within the top 20 in each of the four pillars of CMCI namely, Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, and Resiliency.

Leading the awardees in the Government Efficiency is Bauko, Mountain Province, which is also a national CMCI awardee for bagging the 2nd overall ranking in the 3rd- 6th class municipality category.

Other awardees Lamut at top 16 spot (3rd to 6th class municipalities), and Baguio City that ranked 11th overall among the 33 highly urbanized cities assessed.

For Economic Dynamism  pillar, awardees are  La Trinidad( 4th in 1st- 2nd class municipalities);  Buguias, Benguet( Top 6 among 3rd to 6th class LGUs) ; and Baguio City  at  top 10   for HUCs.

For Infrastructure pillar, Lamut and Buguias   have CMCI overall ranking of 6th and 15th, respectively.

In the Resiliency pillar, Lamut again bagged a national award for the being the most resilient LGU in the 3rd to 6th class municipalities in the CMCI.  Others recognized are Alfonso Lista, Ifugao (ranked 15th) and Tublay, Benguet (top 20).

The RCC also recognized the most improved Cordillera LGUs in the CMCI.  Riza in  Kalinga  is the  5th most improved LGU at 148th spot up from  rank 742 in last year’s CMCI,  Lagawe, Ifugao(rank 8th)  improved from 814th spot to 240,  and Lacub, Abra (rank 20th)   which from 806th spot jumped to number 356.

For the provincial level, Kalinga was awarded as the top performing Cordillera provincial LGU   ranking 19th overall in the CMCI.

RCC Chairperson and DTI – CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo  congratulated all the awardees for their effort in pushing for the   competitiveness of their respective LGUs that is vital in bringing in progress not only in their cities or municipalities but for the region and the country, as a whole. By Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)






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