WITH Mayor Honey Lacuna just barely eight months in office, the local government of Manila already ranked second in the 2022 rankings of Highly Urbanized Cities in the Philippines, based on the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI).
Developed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and National Competitiveness Council (NCC) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development, the CMCI is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities, presenting economic development and competitiveness indicators at the local government levels.
Just like all other indices, the competitiveness index ranking has a total value of 100, representing a fully competitive local unit. The index is composed of five core components, namely: Economic Dynamism, 20%; Governance Efficiency, 20%; Infrastructure, 20%; Resiliency, 20% and Innovation, 20%.
The lady mayor thanked those behind the granting of the said recognition, particularly the DTI, saying it will serve as an inspiration to her and all her co-workers in the city government of Manila to continue giving the best kind of service possible for all the residents of the city.
Lacuna also said the credit goes to all the city officials and employes and the members of the Manila City Council who have been very supportive and helpful in making all her visions for the city succeed.
According to Lacuna, the said acclaim from the DTI is highly appreciated as a validation of the efforts and dedication of the city employees and officials in the discharge of their daily functions.
She thus called on officials and employes of the city to treat the recognition bestowed on the city as a reason to strive even harder to give quality service at all times.
The Manila LGU ranked second in the CMCI with a score of 57.4961. Quezon City got the first place with a score of 58.4528.
The other cities that made it to the top ten among a total of 33 entries are Pasay, Davao, Muntinlupa, Makati, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod and Valenzuela.