Davao City was ranked the fourth most competitive in the highly-urbanized cities category of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) during the 9th Regional Competitiveness Summit held online on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte, in a pre-recorded video, said, “When the pandemic hit the country, implementing programs and development plans for the city have become extra challenging yet the City Government of Davao continues to aim for excellence and competitiveness in the different aspects of governance.”

The CMCI, according to its official Facebook page, is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities that measures five competitiveness pillars such as economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, resiliency, and introducing innovation.

“On behalf of the City Government of Davao, we would like to express our gratitude for being chosen again as one of the most competitive cities in the highly-urbanized category in this year’s 9th Regional Competitiveness Summit,” the vice mayor said.

Rounding up the top 10 overall most competitive in the highly-urbanized cities were: Quezon City first, Manila City second,  Pasay City third, Muntinlupa City fifth, Makati City sixth, Cagayan de Oro City seventh, Valenzuela City eighth, Pasig City ninth, and Cebu City 10th.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba, Chairperson of the Competitiveness and Innovation Group, for her part, said: “I wish to express my warmest appreciation and congratulations to all the winners of today’s event.”

Meanwhile, Tagum City ranked third in the Component Cities category.

DTI partnered with Ayala Corporation and Globe Telecom in recognizing this year’s most competitive cities and municipalities through the staging of the 9th Regional Competitiveness Summit.CIO