The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has awarded the city as the third highly-urbanized cities overall competitiveness in the 7th edition of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI).
CMCI is an annual ranking of different cities and municipalities in the country that is based on a tool developed by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
It is also a DTI’s program that serves as a motivational force for local governments to improve operations and do better in utilizing and managing more effectively.
CMCI ranked Davao City as the top highly-urbanized cities outside Metro Manila. Quezon City was awarded as this year’s overall winner followed by Manila City.
Mayor Sara Duterte credited City Hall officials and employees for working hard in making the city government’s operations better and innovative, as well as bringing honor to the city.
“I thank all the department heads because it is their passion for change that made the city government of Davao a winner and ultimately gives honor to Davao City,” she said.
She also said that the initiatives of her department heads resulted in the improvement of operations, as well as excel in services.
The local government’s competitiveness are measured based on the economic activity and productivity, the LGUs competitiveness are measured based on the economic activity and productivity, the reliability and quality of government support for effective and sustainable expansion, absence of corruption, the availability of necessary physical building blocks that connect and sustain a locality and its surroundings to enable provision of goods and services, and the local government’s capability to sustain competitiveness.
The mayor also said that it is always the goal of the department heads to present changes in their respective operations for client satisfaction.
Mayor Duterte also thanked the people of Davao for their undying support and participation in the programs of the city government.
“I also thank the Davaoeños for their continuous support to the city government and our programs and projects,” she said.