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Sarangani lauds Malungon as Most Improved LGU in CMCI ranking

ALABEL, Sarangani (February 22, 2021) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-Sarangani), together with the provincial government thru its Investment Division, has awarded the Municipality of Malungon as the Most Improved Local Government Unit in the province for having a significantly improved performance in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) rankings.

In the recent CMCI 2020, Malungon was hailed 3rd place in Resiliency, 25th in Infrastructure, and 29th in the Overall Competitiveness among 489 1st to 2nd class municipalities in the country.

Previously, Malungon ranked 11th in Resiliency and 52nd in the Overall Competitiveness in the CMCI 2019.

Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino said on February 17 this is by far the municipality’s greatest feat in the CMCI; to be among the top 3 finalists in the whole country for the CMCI 2020 under the Resiliency Pillar.

“Because of the behavioral change in the community, there was unity and cooperation and that is why we were hailed as one of the top 3 most competitive in the 1st and 2nd class municipalities in resiliency, and thru the guidance of our Almighty God,” said Constantino, a lawyer.

In the CMCI criteria, resiliency is the capacity of a locality to facilitate businesses and industries to create jobs, raise productivity, and increase the incomes of citizens over time despite the shocks and stresses it encounters.

Meralyn Fernando, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer II, said one best practice Malungon has is that “we incorporate our programs with our Comprehensive Land Use Plan,” which is among the top indicators for resiliency pillar.

“We do not tolerate buildings doon sa mga risky na lugar na hindi dapat paglagyan,” Fernando said.

“We also crafted the 5-year Barangay DRRM plan using the DILG Listo Template na sinusubmit natin sa mga coordinators for the CMCI, and we are the first to conduct the Community-based DRRM Training in the entire 31 barangays,” Fernando added.

Fernando also noted “the presence of early warning system is imminent in Malungon.”

“We have the early warning devices na nailagay sa lahat ng barangays, and the multi-hazard siren na nagpro-produce ng different sounds depending doon sa hazard na nae-experience.”

When it comes to the organizational structure of the council, Fernando said Malungon is “one of the municipalities in Sarangani that has already completed the structure in the Local DRRM council since 2015.”

Malungon has also established policies translated into plans with allocated budget for the disaster programs, projects, and activity implementation.

“We do not depend on the 5% calamity fund. In fact, some of our rescue equipment and vehicles are funded from the community development fund,” Fernando noted.

Malungon is also “very active in the participation in the quarterly National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill.”

“Our barangays up to community level are all equipped and capacitated with the basic standard first-aid and life support skills because we intensify our skills enhancement programs for our volunteers,” Fernando added.

Trinidad Quimado, CMCI municipal coordinator, said one of the things that really helped Malungon to achieve this feat “is the documentation and record-keeping of all the data needed in all the indicators of the four pillars.”

“We cannot move without the all-out support of our local chief executive kasi talagang working ang ating mayor,” Quimado added.

The CMCI annual awards commenced in 2014 anchored on the four convergent pillars; Resiliency, Infrastructure, Government Efficiency, and Economic Dynamism.

Three of the seven towns of Sarangani made it to the top 20 in resiliency, which are Alabel, Maasim, and Malungon who placed 14th, 13th, and 3rd respectively, during the National CMCI Virtual Summit on December 16, 2020. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by Martin Fernando Bernad Jr.

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