Sarangani is Philippines’ 6th most competitive province

18 Sep 2017
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ALABEL, Sarangani (September 18, 2017) – Sarangani has leaped 18 notches higher in this year’s National Competitiveness Council’s annual Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) hitting 6th place among 72 participating provinces.

Rizal topped the ranking with the score of 46.3838. South Cotabato (40.1087), Cavite (38.9090), North Cotabato (38.6049), and Laguna (37.7200) followed as second, third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

Sarangani at sixth place got a 37.6030 score.

The province’s improvement in standing was credited to its leadership’s governance system.

Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said the only formula he applied in governing the province was to anchor all programs, projects and activities toward God-centered prosperity.

In Sarangani, the flagship program called Sulong Sarangani merged all programs delivering basic services to bring in a more holistic impact to its communities.

Among Solon’s priorities this year are infrastructure and health. Other sectors like economic, social services and the general administration, however, are as well been given great emphasis.

Sarangani’s ranking in 2015 was 24th and went up to 23rd last year.

According to Milbie Guiang-Daguro, officer-in-charge of Sarangani Investment Office, “all municipalities have highly improved in economic dynamism. This means that LGUs in Sarangani performed well in terms of business expansion and jobs creation.”

Usually, she said, economic dynamism “is associated with activities that create stable expansion of business and industries and higher employment that provide a concrete representation of productivity as it matches the output of the local economy with local resources.”

For government efficiency, Malungon and Alabel qualified to the top 50. Malungon is also spotted in the top 50 in terms of resiliency while the municipalities of Alabel, Maasim, and Maitum likewise improved their performance in infrastructure.

Government efficiency is the “quality and reliability of government services and government support for effective and sustainable productive expansion.”

Resiliency, on the other hand, measures the LGU’s “capability to adjust or adapt to changes, calamity or hardships.”

Overall for 2017, Malungon is Mindanao’s 8th most competitive municipality and 26th nationwide. Mayor Tessa Constantino was at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit: “Awarding of best competitive municipalities in the Philippines,” on August 16.

In 2016, the seven provinces in Sarangani Malungon, Glan, Alabel, Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim and Malapatan ranked 94th, 96th, 120th, 184th, 191st, 194th and 258th, respectively.

This year, Malungon and Alabel landed on the top 50 in first and second class municipalities category at 26th and 41st place out of the 486 participating municipalities. While Maasim, Glan Maitum, Kiamba, and Malapatan have also quite improved in scores and ranked this year at 94th, 111th, 156th, 160th and 169th, respectively.

CMCI 2017 has four pillars of competitiveness namely economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure and resiliency which are used as guidelines in forming the framework.

This framework, according to Daguro, “integrates these pillars of local economic development and competitiveness up to the regional, national, and global levels.”

“Cities and municipalities are ranked based on the sum of their scores on the four pillars,” Daguro said. Provinces, on the other hand, are rated based on income weighted average of the overall scores of its component municipalities.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 12 in coordination with line agencies have recognized top ranking and most improved LGUs in the region on September 12 in awarding rites in Koronadal City.

DTI North Cotabato Provincial Director Anthony Bravo, representing Regional Director Ibrahim K. Guiamadel, reported that all cities and provinces in Region 12 landed in the top 50 competitive LGUs and provinces in the country.

He said, “LGUs are the forefront in the delivery of basic services, therefore it is important for LGUs to constantly grow in terms of economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure and resilience.”

In a message of Regional Development Council 12 chairperson Ronnel C. Rivera, delivered by Local Economic Investment Promotions Officer Engr. Riza Marie Patches, he said South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos (SOCCSKSARGEN) as a growth area, “never ceased to amaze the country or funding agencies of how it can become a force to contemplate in competitiveness and in governance.”

When the region first participated in 2013, it ranked 14 and persistently performing the 3rd most competitive cluster or region staring in 2014.

This year, in terms of completion, Region 12 got the top spot among the regions at 94.31 percent. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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