TWO towns and a highly-urbanized city in Western Visayas are among the top 10 competitive local government units (LGU) in the country.
This is based on the 2016 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index presented by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) during a road show in Iloilo City on Apr 18, 2017.
NCC is a public-private task force under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Aklan, the home to the famed Boracay Island, ranked eighth in the provincial category.
Iloilo City, the capital of Western Visayas, is also eighth among highly urbanized cities.
Malay, a first class municipality in Aklan, ranked fourth in the first and second class municipalities category.
The LGUs were ranked based on economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said the strong public-private community partnership the city government established through the years contributed to its growth.
He cited the improvement of the Iloilo River which he said used to be the “biggest septic tank of Iloilo City.”
“With the private sector, national government agencies, local government, civil society, and the academe, we have created the Iloilo-Batiano River Development Council. We have successfully removed more than 1,000 informal settlers and we made them owners of the program,” he said.
Mabilog said the city is also focusing on supporting the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The mayor also took pride in having been ranked in the same category with bigger cities like Makati despite the huge difference in their budgets.
“Our budget is only one-tenth of that of Makati,” he said.